Perhaps the most jarring news that one can receive aside from hearing that a loved one has unexpectedly died on Broomfield is that they have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries can leave victims in need of lifelong, around-the-clock care, which can exact both a heavy financial and emotional toll on their family members and friends. Yet not all TBI cases turn out like this. Information shared by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons shows that as many as 1.7 million new TBI cases are reported each year in the U.S. Certainly all of those do not result in worst-case scenarios.
How can one know, then, if their loved one has the chance to recover from their TBI? Healthcare providers conduct a clinical observation test immediately upon receiving a TBI victim for treatment. This test gives them an indication of exactly how extensive the victim's injury may be. Called the Glasgow Coma Scale, it measures a TBI victim's response in the following areas:
- Motor skills
- Communication capabilities
- Visual response