A new study from the American College of Surgeons has indicated that administering blood thinning medications within 72 hours of a victim sustaining a traumatic brain injury can reduce the potential likelihood of life-threatening blood clots without increased risk of bleeding complications or death in patients. According to the article linked above detailing some findings of the new study, one in five patients being treated at trauma centers for serious injury are victims of a traumatic brain injury. The study’s author indicated that there had previously been no evidence detailing the time frame in which the administration of blood thinning medication could prove to help patients avoid blood clots.
Data Collection and Results
The data for the new study was collected by studying patients already observed in the American College of Surgeons’ Trauma Quality Improvement Program between 2012 and 2014. The study’s goal was to measure the success of administering blood thinning medications in the early stages of treatment versus the later stages of treatment with a focus on the occurrence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Over 3,000 adults with traumatic brain injury were ultimately studied after having been broken into two groups: those that received blood thinning medications in the early stages of treatment and those that received blood thinning medications in later stages of treatment.
The article notes that physicians and other medical professionals had previously hesitated in administering blood thinning medication to victims of traumatic brain injury because, while such medications were known to decrease the likelihood of a pulmonary embolism, they can also create additional complications related to possible internal bleeding. However, the new study shows that administering these drugs within the 72-hour time period did not give rise to additional complications related to internal bleeding but still had the positive effect of preventing issues related to the formation of blood clots as a result of traumatic brain injury.
According to the article, this is the largest study of its kind to have been conducted. While the potential effect this study may have on treatment of traumatic brain injuries remains to be seen and will certainly depend on subsequent research, this data does indicate that early administration of blood thinning medication can have a significant positive effect on potentially fatal complications that arise from traumatic brain injuries while not increasing the likelihood of complications related to the blood thinning medications.
Legal Assistance with Traumatic Brain Injuries
There have been significant medical advances in the identification and treatment of traumatic brain injuries over the last several years, especially considering the high-profile lawsuits from professional athletes centered on medical complications as a result of such injuries. However, it is still possible that the occurrence of a traumatic brain injury can be overlooked when receiving medical attention. In cases where such injuries are misdiagnosed or not treated within a specific period of time, severe complications can arise.
When that happens, a victim may be entitled to compensation for their injury and any subsequent misdiagnosis or lack of detection that could have occurred. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and especially if that injury was misdiagnosed or overlooked by medical professionals, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney that has experience advocating for victims of traumatic brain injuries. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation where you can discuss the circumstances of your injury and any treatment that may have occurred. It is an important first step in understanding your rights related to such injuries.