From 2006 to 2014, hospitalizations and emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries increased by 53%. While this is in small part due to increased awareness and recognition of brain injuries, it is also due to an increase in motor vehicle crashes, falls, and sporting accidents. Sustaining a brain injury can be traumatic and can result in a lifetime of pain, disability, and struggle. You may be left with serious impairments in memory, coordination, and movement and you may be unable to provide care for yourself.
Fortunately, there may be new hope for brain injury survivors. A new treatment method developed by the University of Arizona may save thousands of lives every single year. This treatment method could eventually become the standard treatment protocol used by Denver paramedics across the city.
Could this new brain injury treatment save thousands of lives? The research project examined 21,000 patients with varying degrees of brain trauma. Those who were treated with the new protocol before they reached the hospital survived at twice the rate of those who did not receive the new treatment protocol. If a patient was immediately intubated with a breathing tube, they survived at triple the rate.
The new treatment protocol is called EPIC and it was designed to prevent three critical factors in brain injuries: hyperventilation, hypoxia, and hypotension. Prior to EPIC, it was believed that patients should be hyperventilated to prevent pressure from building up in the brain. Now, however, studies have shown that it is the opposite.
EPIC teaches paramedics to focus on getting a higher flow of oxygen to the brain and surrounding tissues. This often requires intubation and ventilation. Using higher oxygen is just one component, however. In order to fully reduce the risk of hypotension, an IV drip is also important. These two things can reduce the likelihood of a brain injury escalating quickly and turning fatal. By providing oxygen, adequate ventilation and fluids, brain injury victims may arrive at the hospital with a greater chance of survival than ever before.
Contact Our Denver Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury in a car accident, we can help. Our Denver traumatic brain injury lawyers know that brain injuries are often complex and life-changing. That’s why we work tirelessly for our injured clients – to protect them every step of the way. We can help you negotiate with insurance companies to obtain the money you need to pay medical bills, expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact Gregory A. Gold of The Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. We are ready to assist you!