New Guidelines for Treating Pediatric Brain Injuries

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In March 2019, the 3rd edition of the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines for the Management of Pediatric Severe TBI was released. These guidelines were developed by a panel of pediatric and neurosurgery experts and were based on almost 50 research studies. They update the previous guidelines, which were released in 2012.

Pediatric Brain Injury Treatment Guideline Topics

Some of the treatment topics included in the 2019 guidelines include:

  • Intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP)
  • Advanced neuro-monitoring
  • Neuro-imaging
  • Thresholds for treatment of intracranial hypertension
  • Threshold for maintaining a certain cerebral perfusion pressure
  • Hyperosmolar therapy
  • Treatment with analgesics, sedatives, and neuromuscular blocking medications
  • Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) drainage
  • Seizure prophylaxis treatment
  • Ventilation therapies
  • Temperature control
  • Barbiturate therapy
  • Decompressive craniectomy
  • Nutrition
  • Corticosteroid treatments

Many of these topics were included in the 2012 guidelines, but the update includes some new recommendations and cites additional studies to support the recommendations that have not changed.

Whether your child will require any specific tests, monitoring, or treatment is something that you should discuss with his or her doctor. Every child and every brain injury is unique and deserves an individualized treatment plan based on the latest research and expert guidance.

How to Pay for Brain Injury Treatment

Brain injury treatment can be expensive even if you have health insurance. However, if your child’s brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for your child’s medical care or other expenses. Instead, a brain injury lawyer can help you get the financial recovery you need to help your child.

By proving negligence and advocating for a full award of damages, an attorney can help you recover for all of the treatments described above, surgeries, hospitalizations, doctors’ visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, counseling, and other non-medical damages such as lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering.

It won’t cost you anything to consult with an experienced Kentucky brain injury lawyer. Simply contact Gray and White through this website or by phone any time—24/7/365—to set up a free consultation and to learn more about how we may help you help your child.