New Brain Injury Detection Device Can Hasten Help
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the nation’s major causes of death and disability. Nearly a third of injury deaths are attributed to TBI. Survivors of such a traumatic brain injury can be left with devastating disabilities. The effects are not limited to the individual sustaining the injury; they have an impact on the person’s family and society.
Harm and Help – in the Blink of an Eye
One misstep, one slip, one accidental blow to the head and, in the blink of an eye, a person’s life can be forever changed . Now, there is immediate help available for athletes. It also happens in the blink of an eye.
The Blinktbi company has developed a device that may be able to detect brain trauma or concussion using an athlete’s blink reflex. This device could make all the difference in the world in the sports arena, where it seems mild brain injury is accepted as the price you pay to play.
This device is minimally invasive and works on the field. Its portability means that sports can have an added layer of safety. It could reduce time off the field due to injury and possibly shorten the time for recovery.
Detecting Brain Injury Quickly
The delays that normally go along with detecting concussion or brain injury can be eliminated by the Blinktbi device. Rather than a trip to the emergency room and a doctor’s diagnosis, the device’s 20-second test tracks eyelid movement and reflex time. High-speed cameras measure the blink reflex as five small puffs of air are blown into the eyes.
The device may be able to identify the warning signs of brain injury that trainers may miss. Some concussion injuries are more difficult to diagnose and can be overlooked by conventional methods. The Blinktbi may be able to keep athletes from going back into play too soon. It also works the other way around; those athletes who have taken a hit but have not been injured can resume play faster.
Unfortunately, the standard criteria used to diagnose concussions, especially on the playing field, sometimes fall short. Amnesia, loss of consciousness and confusion can bench a player; however, research shows that loss of consciousness is experienced by only 10 percent of those individuals who sustain a concussion.
Treating concussion is important and if the FDA approves the Blinktbi, the device will be a welcome asset to the sports field. It will help athletes who need to take a break be diagnosed accurately and those who recover quickly may be able to return to the field faster. Even the mild brain injury of a concussion can have an impact on an individual’s life, if only for a short while. The Blinktbi may allow athletes to get the help they need in record time.
Brain injury occurs on and off the playing field. It can be accidental or the result of an intentional act. Tison Law Group in Tampa, FL, helps individuals with personal injury issues work through the legal system so that they may be able to be compensated for the injury and related expenses. We fight for your rights and make you the priority. Give us a call or check out our website for information about the legal services we offer.