TBI Treatment Guidelines May Need Improvements

It has been twenty years since an initial series of traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment guidelines were released by the Brain Trauma Foundation, and a recently published study suggests that sadly, hospital compliance with those protocols is not always linked to more positive patient outcomes.

The research performed by the Los Angeles County Trauma Consortium and published in respected journal JAMA Surgery offers an assessment of data gathered from every L.A. County trauma center for the years 2009 and 2010. The results suggest that even strict compliance with the guidelines promulgated two decades prior did not appreciably lower death rates among victims of traumatic brain injuries.

According to lead author of the study, no direct connection exists between a hospital’s adherence to TBI treatment guidelines and the likelihood that a given patient will succumb to their injuries, once differences in patient traits are taken into consideration.

To reach their conclusions, participant researchers determined the frequency with which the subject trauma centers followed the standard set of guidelines, including how they managed brain injuries and analyzed criteria for performing craniotomies and intracranial monitoring, two important invasive TBI treatment methods. In total, the experiences of 734 adult TBI patients were examined, ultimately revealing that though patients did not always receive the types of treatment called for by the guidelines, even when they did, the treatment did not produce a definitively improved prognosis.

Results underscore need for improvements

According to the study’s authors, the results obtained indicate a significant flaw in the existing TBI treatment guidelines, namely that they merely offer advice about when to perform intracranial monitoring, but provide little insight about how the attending physicians should utilize the information it yields. It is hoped that the findings of this study will encourage members of the consortium to re-assess their methods of treating TBIs, with better outcome statistics being the overall goal.

Long Island traumatic brain injury lawyer

There can be no doubt about the devastating impact a traumatic brain injury can have on victims as well as their families. Whether acquired due to the negligence of another or as the result of a criminal assault, the consequences of a TBI can be profound and permanent. Those who have suffered this distinct type of harm should know that the law does afford them the ability to pursue fair financial compensation as well as accountability from those responsible. Leveraging decades of experience, Long Island traumatic brain injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are committed to fighting for the rights of victims who have been harmed through no fault of their own.

As the Los Angeles TBI study reminds us, brain injury treatments can be slow, unpredictable and greatly varied in effectiveness from facility to facility. Sadly, many victims never fully regain their ability to lead productive lives, leaving themselves and their families vulnerable to financial and emotional ruin.

For that reason, the attorneys of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye stand prepared to do battle on behalf of injured clients who may be entitled to compensation for past and future damages.

A successful personal injury lawsuit can recover compensation for:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses

  • Therapy and rehabilitation costs

  • Home accessibility modifications

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

  • Loss of consortium

  • Lost wages

  • Diminished earning capacity

  • Funeral costs in the event of wrongful death

If a traumatic brain injury has brought devastation and despair to you or someone you love, we urge you to contact our office at 1-800-469-7429 to discuss your legal options. We offer free consultations and will receive no fees unless and until we succeed in securing compensation on your behalf.

  1. News Medical Life Sciences & Medicine, Compliance with guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury doesn’t necessarily translate into better results, http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150730/Compliance-with-guidelines-for-treating-traumatic-brain-injury-doesnt-necessarily-translate-into-better-results.aspx
  2. UCLA Newsroom, Hospitals’ compliance with guidelines for treating brain injuries doesn’t guarantee better outcomes, http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/hospitals-compliance-with-guidelines-for-treating-brain-injuries-doesnt-guarantee-better-outcomes
  3. PubMed.gov, Compliance With Evidence-Based Guidelines and Interhospital Variation in Mortality for Patients With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26200744