Tag Archives: Traumatic brain injury


ICU Stays Linked to Long-Term Cognitive Impairments

Patients who spend time in an intensive care unit (ICU) are known to be susceptible to delirium that is thought to stem not from their illnesses but from the unique ICU environment: the 24/7 activity, harsh stimuli, unfamiliar people, uncomfortable procedures, and overwhelming technology. Doctors have long believed that this mental confusion disappears when patients are discharged from the ICU, but that may not be the case. Researchers have found that even a year after leaving the hospital, many patients who suffered delirium in the ICU continued to exhibit cognitive deficits similar to someone with moderate traumatic brain injury or even Alzheimer’s disease.More… Discuss

Quan Apologizes To ‘Occupy Oakland’ For Violence In Statement

Two days after authorizing the use of force against protesters at the “Occupy Oakland” camp, Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement apologizing for the violence. Robert Lyles reports.

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I am glad that Scott is better and hope that he will not have  permanent and debilitating neurological damage, requiring a lifetime of daily treatment.

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as intracranial injury, occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. TBI can be classified based on severity, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features (e.g. occurring in a specific location or over a widespread area). Head injury usually refers to TBI, but is a broader category because it can involve damage to structures other than the brain, such as the scalp and skull.

TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence…”
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traumatic_brain_injury)