While there are signs one can look for to detect a traumatic brain injury, receiving a proper diagnosis can take time and delay treatment. A person may have to spend hours in the ER before receiving an MRI or CT scan to receive a diagnosis. As a result, the delayed treatment can lead to future negative consequences.
New time-saving product
The FDA recently approved a test that can help with the diagnosis and early treatment of a traumatic brain injury. The i-STAT™ Alinity™ rapid test will reduce the wait time of the diagnosis to about 15 minutes. Conducted in the emergency room, the test requires a blood sample of the injured person.
The rapid test will allow for those who test positively for TBI to be first in line for scans and treatment. Diagnosing TBIs quickly will lead to a faster response on the part of physicians to help the injured person recover.
Impact of TBI
Since anyone can receive a severe TBI as a result of automobile, work, and even sport accidents, residents of Tennessee may benefit from this new technology in the near future. However, even with the rapid test, TBIs still come with a lengthy recovery period. This can lead to incurring additional medical bills, lost wages, as well as potential mental or physical disabilities later in life.
For those who were injured at no fault of their own, compensation may be available to them. An experienced attorney can assist with filing a lawsuit to help the injured person get compensated.