Advocacy: Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. Traumatic impact injuries can be defined as closed (or non-penetrating) or open (penetrating).

The brain controls and coordinates all of the body functions. A severe brain injury often affects the ability of the body to function. Often a patient will need to breathe. An ET (endotracheal) tube may be put through the nose or mouth into the lungs and hooked up to a ventilator, a machine that assists breathing.

Sources: Brain Injury Association of America and More statistics about traumatic brain injury can be found here.

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VOCSN may benefit people with traumatic brain injuries. Please click here to learn more about how to get VOCSN.

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