If you’ve ever been to the emergency room, you know that it is often packed with busy, frantic people. While both the staff and patients contribute to the chaotic environment, it is up to the doctors and nurses to provide expert care under tense conditions.
In order to treat head injury patients, ER doctors should ask a number of questions to begin effective treatment and prevent further injury. However, many problems arise when doctors fail to ask the right questions for a correct diagnosis.
Here are just a few things an ER medical staff should ask about after a Pikeville brain injury:
- Accident details – How did the accident occur? Did the person’s head sustain a blow from an object, or hit the ground? Was the patient traveling—in a car or on a bike—where speed could have made the impact worse? Did the patient fall, and if he did, from what height?
- Consciousness – The amount of time a person loses consciousness after a head injury can have a serious effect on his recovery. Patients who are disoriented in the ER should be asked not only how long they were unconscious, but also how they felt immediately after the accident and if they have a history of seizures.
- Drug use – Treatments may vary for patients who have been drinking or using drugs, whether they are prescriptions or illegal substances. Doctors should perform blood work in order to determine which treatments are safest for each patient.
The answers to these questions can help doctors and nurses predict the type and severity of brain injury, and failure to ask any of them can literally be the difference between life and death. To find out what to do after a Pikeville brain injury, click the link on this page for our FREE report, Critical Information to Know Before Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Kentucky.