Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by a blow to the head (falls, MVAs, construction, sports or violence). The severity may range from mild (few or no lasting consequences) to major (profound disability, coma or death).
POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS
Abnormal muscle tone (spasticity, dystonia), chronic pain, seizures, respiratory issues, mobility, circulatory issues, skin breakdown, change in bed positioning (catheter, wound care), vegetative state, unresponsive, unable to make needs known, unable to follow directions or participate in care, increased pressure in the brain from fluid or swelling (Encephalopathy). Nerve damage that can cause difficulty swallowing, impaired speech, impaired judgment, difficulty learning, muscle wasting, difficulty communicating and understanding communication, impaired reasoning and concentration. If ambulatory, stumbling, falls.
POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS
Pulmonary therapies due to immobility (Percussion and Vibration Therapy, Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy), ease of safe transfer (wheelchair), advanced surface and bed designs to help treat/prevent skin breakdown, features such as siderails, head of bed elevation, turn assist, comfort settings, advanced positioning to enhance outcomes.