Using Tranexamic Acid for Isolated Brain Injuries Linked to Higher Fatalities

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For those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries, life is rarely the same. Traumatic brain injuries, TBI, are often referred to as the “invisible epidemic” (CDC). Many disabilities associated with TBI’s are not readily apparent. They range from cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor damages. A person’s personality may seem to change over time. A person could give in to anger and rage quicker than before. A person suffering from a TBI could have memory problems and find it difficult to retain information. TBI disabilities can cost people their careers. They can also have a substantial impact on social and family relationships.

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need a brain injury lawyer in Dallas, Texas. You need the dedicated team at our firm to protect you and your family. Let us secure the compensation you deserve. Call our firm today.

A Dutch Report Reveals Startling Information

Traumatic brain injuries often lead to death, leaving paramedics, nurses, and doctors doing everything they can to keep the patient stable. With many brain injuries resulting from car accidents, there is typically a great deal of blood loss medical staff race to stop. Tranexamic acid works to prevent blood loss by promoting clotting. If an individual has suffered numerous injuries and in danger of bleeding out, tranexamic acid is used successfully. However, a Dutch study has shown that giving tranexamic acid for isolated severe brain injuries (no other injuries present) can increase the rate of mortality.

One variable in most isolated TBIs is that there is no risk of bleeding out. The promotion of blood clotting in the brain is sent into overdrive, which can interfere with oxygen to the brain.

The study concludes tranexamic acid should not be used as a universal treatment for severe TBI but should instead be used only if necessary to the patient’s survival.

CDC’s Report to Congress Regarding TBI

The CDC has analyzed the effects of TBI on the public, both medically and financially. They have found that TBI is the leading cause of death and disability for young adults and children. The study notes:

  • Every year, 50,000 people die of TBI
  • Another 230,000 are hospitalized but survive
  • 80,000-90,000 suffer long-term disability
  • Causes:
    • Motor vehicles are the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations
    • Violence (specifically suicide, assaults, firearms) are the leading cause of TBI death
    • Bad falls cause the most TBI among the elderly

The CDC referred to the total financial burden for Americans suffering from TBI as “incalculable.”

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the long-term effects could be difficult to determine. Talk to an experienced brain injury attorney today. The lawyers at our firm, can help guide you through your options. Nothing can prepare you for a TBI. We can help take some of the burdens off your shoulders so you can focus on what matters most.

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