Avoiding missed diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury

Published on October 31, 2017   29 min

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Thank you for the invitation today. My talk is called Avoiding Missed Diagnosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. My name is Dr. John Bedolla. I'm an assistant professor at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. I'm a national director of risk for US Acute Care Solutions, and I'm a crash rescue physician at the Circuit of the Americas.
So, we'll start off with some definitions. The definition of TBI according to the CDC is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or penetrating injury. You should note that this does not require a loss of consciousness.
So what counts as TBI? Any loss of consciousness up to 30 minutes, any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accidents for as much as 24 hours, any alteration of mental state at the time of the accident, such as feeling dazed, disoriented or confused or focal neurologic deficits that might or might not be transient, loss of consciousness exceeding 30 minutes, posttraumatic amnesia lasting longer than 24 hours or a Glasgow Coma Scale falling below 13 after 30 minutes.

Avoiding missed diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury

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