Study: TBI management guidelines can help reduce death soon after injury

10/9/2013 |

New research shows the adoption of guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury was associated with a reduction in patient deaths in the first two weeks after injury. A study in the Journal of Neurosurgery looked at data on 2,320 TBI patients treated at 22 New York trauma centers from 2001 to 2009 and found that improved adherence to the Guidelines for Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury resulted in a decline in the number of deaths of TBI patients in the first two weeks after injury, from 22% to 13%. Researchers also noted that the guidelines on monitoring pressure on the brain and managing blood flow to the brain were the two most important recommendations and were directly linked to the reductions in deaths.

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