Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can include closed head injuries, where there is blunt force trauma to the head and no splitting of the skull, or penetrating injuries where bone fragments penetrate the skull. A penetrating head injury can also lead to infection. Head injuries may or may not result in brain injuries.
In many instances, TBIs are a result of equipment collapsing, falling from scaffolding, or getting stuck under debris. These injuries can be from immediate impact to the head, but also caused by secondary factors, such as swelling in the skull, interruption of blood circulation, and damage to nerve fibers in the head.
Below, we've illuminated further classifications of traumatic brain injuries.
Understanding the Types of Head Injuries
- Skull Fracture: Skull fractures can be visible in the form of bleeding, swelling, or bruising, but can also not be visible at all. Many of these types of injuries result in brain damage.
- Intracranial Hemorrhage: Blood clots and bleeding inside the skull that damage the brain
- Cerebral Contusion: Contusions to the cerebellum often cause memory and attention problems.
- Concussion: Concussions can cause temporary lack of awareness, disorientation, confusion, and lack of memory lasting from a few minutes to a few hours after the injury.
Not all head injuries result in brain injuries, but brain injuries are almost always caused when significant pressure or force is applied to the head. The level and intensity of the brain injury may vary depending on the severity of the head injury. In some cases, a head injury could result in what is known as a traumatic brain injury. These are commonly a result of falls from high points or being struck on the head by a heavy object.
The symptoms of each TBI degree are as follows:
- Mild Cases- sensitivity to noise and light, depression, memory loss, and attention deficit problems
- Moderate Cases- motor and cognitive impairment that requires extensive therapy and rehabilitation
- Severe Cases- victim remains in a vegetative state, coma, or a minimally responsive state that requires full-time attention, perhaps even institutionalization.
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