Bringing awareness to Traumatic Brain Injury

19 April 2010

I was contacted by a very nice women name Chelsea from CareMeridian who wanted to know if I could help pass on the word. At first I thought "hmm do I really want to?" Not because I don't care but because well I don't know honestly. Then I started to really think about it, I looked into TBI and realized that if I know very little about it then I am sure many out there are just as "clueless" as I am. Although I have seen some of these injuries in the sports world, namely Motorcross but for some reason never fully put thought into it with our men and women serving.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Military

Military men and women are continually involved situations where risk of injury is high. One silent war wound that can often go unnoticed is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) . A TBI damages the brain that can often cause life-altering wounds, which can result in changes in personality, behavior, and even the brain functions of the victim. Some of these conditions are not just life-altering, but can be life threatening and are often partnered with rehabilitation from special care facilities like CareMeridian Las Vegas nursing home.

According to the Veterans Health Initiative, active male members of the military were hospitalized due to TBI related injuries at a rate of 231 per 100,000. The rate for female members of the military was 150 per 100,000. Based on these statistics over 4,000 military personnel are hospitalized on average each year for traumatic brain injuries. Some are as mild as a concussion, while others can be severe and have life altering effects.

The best way to prevent TBI is through awareness. Recognizing and responding to the symptoms of a TBI can often aid in the preventing further damage caused by the injury. Dizziness, headaches, changes in personality or sleep patterns, and memory loss are clear signs of TBI. Unfortunately these symptoms can sometimes be ignored or discarded as minor pains during times of conflict and even once the solider returns home. This sets up a dangerous precedent for a war wound that may never heal, so it is vital that serviceman and their families are aware of TBI, so that they can recognize and help treat it if symptoms are present.

Please feel free to check out their website, visit their Facebook Page, or even do some reading on TBI.

Also please read about the amazing Sgt. James Carey, his recovery and his new adventures in training for a marathon after TBI here

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Jessica said...

You have an award on my blog. :)


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