Newark NJ-- According to a study in the April 11 issue of Neurology, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can negatively affect a patient's medical decision-making ability at a time when patients and their families are faced with countless complex decisions.
“The findings are important for the family members of patients who may be helping a loved one navigate multiple medical decisions after an injury,” says David Wells-Roth, MD, one of the neurosurgeons with Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists (ANS), who treats patients at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s 156 Lyons Avenue location in Newark. “Traumatic brain injury can have a limiting affect on a patient’s ability to make decisions about complicated issues.”
Immediately following injury and during the rehabilitation period, patients and their families must make ongoing and medical decisions, including the treatment of choice for brain trauma and orthopedic injuries and choice of rehabilitation programming.
The study found that one month after injury, medical decision-making capacity was mostly intact for those classified with mild TBI, but significantly impaired for those classified with complicated mild TBI and those with moderate/severe TBI.
“When choosing a site for neurological care, it is important for families to feel that they have the right assistance along the way to develop the best plan of care,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “With access to state-of-the-art technologies, the ANS team provides comprehensive, compassionate care from prevention to diagnosis, treatment to rehabilitation.”
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and ANS have developed programs in neuroscience to diagnose and treat a range of conditions from stroke to epilepsy, brain tumors to spine injuries and movement and memory disorders. For more information, please call the Division of Neurosurgery at (973) 285-7800 or visit www.atlanticneurosurgical.com.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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Date: April 25, 2012
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