CM220: College Composition
September 5, 2012
Traumatic Brain Injury is an injury that affects an estimated 1.7 million people per year in the United States. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits a solid object, or an object pierces through the skull and enters the brain tissue. There are two main types of TBI a closed head injury (CHI), or no penetrating head trauma, or open head injury, is a head injury in which the , the outer layer of the meninges, is breached. Using the Glasgow Comma Scale will determine the severity of the trauma 3 to 15. The higher the number the less traumatic. .There are many varieties of physical and cognitive as in attention span, planning of the day, seizures, memory loss short or long term, the process of information, personality traits before and after the accidents. So many of the accidents don’t get reported do to the lack of information from the hospitals There is a serious public health problem in the United States and that’s called Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)of the 1.7 million people, 52,000 of them die, 275,000 are stay in hospital, and nearly 80% are treated and released from an emergency room without any treatment. We cannot count how many people that do have it but will not go to the hospital to get it checked out after accident happens approximately 75% of all cases that are reported with concussions or other forms of TBI. Cost reported from the United States that direct medical cost and indirect cost for TBI is estimated to be $60 billion in the United States in 2000. Not only the survivors of the ordeal are affected by it but the family, loved ones, and their caregivers have to deal with it and not knowing how to deal with the day to day struggles that they will have to deal with and it causes more stress than needed Personally, our family having to deal with taking them to see the doctors and making sure that they take the kind of medicine and the right amounts at the right time restricts the family’s routine in order to accommate the proper care needed for a healthy life for the survivor There are several national and local support groups available to help families deal with their life challenges. Nationally, there is the Brain Injury Association of America who is a leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (2010). Families can get the most out of their involvement by attending a local support group, but need to be sure that before attending that it is associated with the Brain Injury Association of America. There are several books and guides available mostly free of charge or on the internet from reliable sources, such as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) which is a government agency. According to Broocker (2001), her book states there are over a million cases a year of TBI. She offers comprehensive guides for parents who have children with TBI; to learn everything from the diagnosis to preventing further injuries and everything associated with it Schoenbrodt shares cases histories and statements from actual parents and has an expert cover each chapter (OneFile). TBI affects over 1.7 million people a year in the United States. There are some any different organizations that you can use to help with this cause. There is ongoing research to help with the help and cure for TBI patience. TBI is an injury that affects both the survivor and the caregiver. There is numerous support groups that help individuals cope with the everyday effects of the injury. TBI is now being recognized by so many other people than there was 10-15 years ago when I was first diagnosed and even a recent episode of Army Wife’s is addressing the issue and bringing it to light. An...