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Care for brain injuries varies at different hospitals

Franklin, Ohio, readers are probably aware that hospitals differ. A brain injury treatment at one hospital may not be the same at another, even though you'd think it would be treated in the same way. According to news from Nov. 11, researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, have looked at data on more than 7,000 children to see at how their brain injuries were treated in over 156 U.S. hospitals. The data spanned seven years, according to the report.

An interesting finding from the report is that around 27 percent of the children were monitored for intracranial pressure. Around 12 percent had a craniectomy. The rates of these procedures taking place did vary between hospitals, and it was believed from the data that if children were being monitored at pediatric adult/trauma centers, they were a fifth less likely to be monitored for ICP. If a child was being treated at an adult-only treatment facility, it was more likely that the ICP would be monitored.

If that doesn't make you concerned, then the information about a treatment that could result in a person's accent might. Brain stimulation has allegedly been being used for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder treatment and has resulted in two patients having unexpected language-related side effects, like an adjustment of their accents. One allegedly developed a new accent similar to other native language accents in the home region. According to the documents, some other changes included creating a new, more aggressive vocabulary or developing behaviors like hyperactivity.

When you attend a hospital for treatment, you don't expect to develop additional side effects. Likewise, if your child has swelling on the brain, the monitoring of ICP should be required. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a lack of care, look into your options; you might be able to claim compensation for your losses.

Source:  Science Daily, "Hospitals Vary in Monitoring, Treatment of Children With Brain Injury" No Author Given, Nov. 11, 2013

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