Emergency Treatment
Emergency Treatment

TBI Treatment Centers

Resources for victims of TBI are available throughout America. You will be able to find the right one for you and your family. Assess your needs and search for a facility based on those needs.

Use the Internet to find the right place. Do an online search and you’ll find many options available and one to meet your needs.

Acute Hospitals

The first place that a victim of TBI often shows up is the emergency room of an Acute Hospital. The ER addresses immediate problems including:

  • stabilizing complications
  • minimizing neurological problems
  • accompanying traumatic injury care

Trauma Centers

If the hospital is a trauma center, it will provide a coordinated system of traumatic brain injury care. The patient should be transferred to the nearest trauma center if first taken to a non-trauma center.

When the patient is being treated in an acute rehab unit, a transfer may be delayed. The patient should then be scheduled for transfer as soon as possible.

Length of Stay

The length of stay at the acute hospital will vary. Issues affecting length of stay include:

  • comas
  • neurosurgery
  • multiple traumas

The patient needs to receive recuperative therapies as soon as possible. If the patient is not receiving therapy, the responsible person should discuss a plan of therapy with a neurosurgeon and neurologist.

Needed therapies can include speech, occupational, psychological, and physical. The sooner therapy starts, the better the outcomes will be.

Rehabilitation Units and Hospitals

After stabilization of the patient, he or she may be referred to a rehab unit in the hospital or to a stand-alone rehabilitation facility.

TBI patients should receive rehabilitation care from a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and staff experienced in the management of a traumatic brain injury.

You can find information on accredited rehabilitation facilities from CARF. Some rehab units, hospitals, and facilities do not seek CARF accreditation. CARF standards can be used as a guide for selecting the best setting for rehabilitation.

Your insurer can provide you with information about rehabilitation care that is included in your policy. They can also provide you with information about the length of coverage.

You should tour several rehabilitation facilities, and review each treatment centers outcome quality data for their traumatic brain injury rehabilitation program.

Some TBI patients are recommended for transfer to nursing homes. Find out the anticipated length of stay, and the possibility of another transfer to an acute rehab program.

When a patient has a mild brain injury, he or she can be referred to an outpatient brain injury program for further evaluation and treatment. Be sure to know the signs of a mild traumatic brain injury and moderate/severe brain injuries.

Look for information on TBI symptoms for mild, moderate, and severe injuries.

Further Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs

Once a patient is released from an acute rehab program, there are several options for further care.

Those options include:

  • A community-based brain injury program in an apartment
  • Home care within the community
  • A referral to an outpatient program that specializes in brain injury services
  • Outpatient therapy, day programs, or vocational services
  • A skilled nursing facility
  • Intermittent care within a community-based brain injury program or a skilled facility
  • Assisted living settings with expertise in brain injury

Vocational rehabilitation programs can be an asset to patients returning to work. Rehabilitation services may also be available through state-funded programs.

TBI patients can sometimes receive evaluation services and retraining driver education at local rehabilitation facilities.

Be assured that the resources are available to treat your TBI or that of a loved one.

If you have legal questions about a Traumatic Brain Injury, call Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP. You can reach us at (504) 830-3838.