While traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the single largest cause of death from injury in the U.S., and roughly two percent of the population has long-term disabilities resulting from TBI, very little is understood about the impact of brain injuries and how to successfully treat them.An estimated 75-90% of the 1.4 million TBI-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injuries
John Muir Health developed the Brain Injury Program to streamline the way we treat TBI, and to help patients and their caregivers understand the physiological and psychological processes and other changes that may occur as a result of TBI and other neurological injuries.
The nationally recognized program, which brings together a diverse team of medical experts that includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, specially trained nurses, and rehabilitation therapists for the proper care of TBI patients, serves as a model for other Bay Area medical centers.
Brain injuries can be very subtle and complex. A neuropsychologist assesses the extent of the injury with a thorough evaluation, then uses that information as a baseline to chart the patient’s progress during treatment and recovery. A neurosurgeon is available 24/7 to treat all neurological injuries.
John Muir Health also leads a very active injury prevention program.