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When someone is brought to a hospital for a suspected or confirmed traumatic
brain injury (TBI), initial treatments will begin by medical staff specially trained and
certified to help brain injury patients. If a trauma surgeon is available,
then they will be designated as the acting leader of the medical professionals
and decide how to take immediate action. When the patient is unconscious,
as is often the case with TBIs, resuscitation should take priority to
other initial treatments.
The TBI patient will need to be hooked up to advanced medical monitoring
equipment to ensure vital signs stay within a safe zone. It is up to the
trauma team to take appropriate actions depending on the vital sign reports.
Special Surgeons to Assist with a TBI Patient
It is not unusual for more surgeons to be brought into the operating room
for initial treatments. The trauma surgeon still leads the team and often
makes decisions regarding treatments, but up to three or more surgeons
may be present as well.
During TBI initial treatments, additional surgeons on-hand may include:
Neurosurgeon: A surgeon specially trained to perform operations on the human brain and
upper spinal cord.
Orthopedic surgeon: A surgeon specially trained to perform operations on broken bones and the spine.
General surgeon: A surgeon capable of assisted other surgeons or completing a variety of
Close Care & Stabilization of the TBI Patient
There will likely be a trauma nurse within the operating room or emergency
room while doctors and surgeons assess and perform treatments on the TBI
patient. The trauma nurse is tasked with keeping the patient stabilized,
helping with resuscitation efforts as needed, and offering any other assistance
demanded by the surgeons. When there is a lull in the treatment or a lapse
in immediate needs, the trauma nurse may take a moment to discuss progress
with other hospital staff that should know and family members present
in the waiting room.
A successful stabilization of the TBI patient will allow them to be transferred
to an intensive care unit for further monitoring. Medical staff members
in the intensive care unit – also sometimes called a specialized
trauma care unit – are tasked to study the patient’s vital
signs regularly, check for any indication of an infection, and report
any noteworthy changes in patient’s condition to a lead physician.
More staff members will be permitted to enter the TBI patient’s
room to perform regular yet necessary duties, such as checking equipment
functions. Many brain injury patients experience difficulty breathing
due to the side effects of their condition. A specialized respiration
therapist may be called upon to ensure the patient is not struggling to
breathe and will also study the results of blood-gas tests.
Final Processes of Initial Treatments
Some hospitals may keep a trauma psychologist on-staff to talk with family
members during the initial treatments of a TBI patient. Difficult decisions
may need to be made about the TBI patient’s immediate care, such
as the decision to try to resuscitate or not. The trauma psychologist
can provide morale support and general counseling to family members that
may be understandable torn by these choices.
If the TBI patient is cognitive and not expected to have an extended stay
in the hospital, a trauma social worker may be contacted during initial
treatments. The social worker can talk to family members about how to
care for the TBI patient in the coming days. While some guidance may be
offered for permanent care, this sort of information is usually reserved
since it is difficult to predict what type of long-term care a TBI patient
will need at this stage.
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