What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you will require emergency medical care at the nearest ER. This type of injury can involve severe symptoms and may lead to lasting complications. A TBI may involve a penetrating head injury, such as when an object penetrates the skull, or it may be a closed head injury. They often occur due to events such as car accidents or acts of violence. When you seek emergency care for a TBI, you can expect to undergo various diagnostic tests to evaluate the extent of the damage.
Inform the emergency care team about all of the symptoms you’ve noticed. The symptoms of a TBI can vary, depending on the severity of the injury. A mild TBI may involve symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, and dizziness. You may have briefly lost consciousness when you were injured. You might also experience sensitivity to light or sound, and you may experience concentration impairment or memory problems. These symptoms can also arise with a moderate to severe TBI. Additionally, you may lose consciousness for an extended period of time, suffer from convulsions, and leak clear fluid from the ears or nose.
The emergency care team may evaluate X-rays or a computed tomography (CT) scan to assess the damage. If you have a mild TBI, you’ll likely be advised to rest quietly for a while under close monitoring. When emergency care is required for a moderate to severe TBI, it typically involves ensuring oxygen and blood supply, preventing further injury, and maintaining blood pressure. Patients may be given medications to prevent further damage to the brain . Sometimes, surgery is necessary. A severe TBI will necessitate extensive rehabilitation.
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides emergency care to residents throughout the Las Vegas area 24 hours per day, seven days per week. If you think you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury or other serious injury, you can receive rapid evaluation and prompt treatment from our emergency care team. Please call 911 if you’re experiencing a medical emergency; otherwise, you may reach our community hospital at (702) 233-5300.