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KHS Recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) along with self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. They remind us a brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 1.7 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year. Early and equal access to care for all is the association’s goal.

 

The BIAA notes that “brain injury is not an event or an outcome. It is the start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. Individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives.

 

“The mission of the BIAA is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.” At KHS, we support the work of the BIAA in increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.

 

The following information on brain injuries comes from the Mayo Foundation:

 

Causes of Brain Injury

Each year, an estimated 1.5 to 2 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The brain has the consistency of gelatin; it’s cushioned from everyday jolts and bumps by the cerebrospinal fluid in which it floats inside your skull. A violent blow to the head can cause the brain to slide forcefully against the inner wall of the skull. Even the sudden stop of a car crash can bounce the brain against the skull. This can result in bleeding in or around the brain and the tearing of nerve fibers.

 

Crashes, violence and falls

According to the National Institutes of Health, half of all TBIs are caused by collisions involving cars, motorcycles and bicycles. About 20 percent are caused by violence, such as gunshot wounds or incidents of child abuse. TBI can occur in infants and small children who have been shaken violently. Among older people, falls are the leading cause of TBIs.

 

Explosive blasts

Explosive blasts are a common cause of TBI in military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In most of these cases, the skull remains intact and the damage is believed to be caused by a pressure wave of the explosion’s concussive force passing through the brain.

© 1998-2010 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved.

 

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BIAA Brain Injury Warning Signs

Seek medical attention if you are experiencing:

  • Numbness
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Severe headache
  • Weakness in your arms or legs
  • Dizziness or loss of vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness or confusion
  • Vomiting or nausea

Sleep: Get it while you can!

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

March 3-10 is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual week-long campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

 

 

Sleep Hygiene: Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

What determines a good night’s sleep varies from one individual to another. Trying a variety of things may help in finding the best routine for the perfect night’s sleep.

 

Ten sleep hygiene rules to consider:

  1. Cut down on your `bed` time. Spending a lot of time in your bed prior to your regular sleep periods can make your sleep more shallow. Find a different location to do activities such as reading or watching TV other than your bed.
  2. Maintain a regular bedtime. Waking up too early or sleeping past the time you need to get up are clues that you might need to adjust your bedtime. Keeping a regular bedtime every night allows you to get enough rest before rising.
  3. Avoid a clock in your bedroom. It is OK to set an alarm but put it in a place where you can`t see the time on the clock. This will eliminate any pressure that clock watching during the night may cause.
  4. Exercise:  Getting regular exercise will help you sleep better at night. It is best to do this three to six hours prior to bedtime.
  5. Avoid `trying` to get to sleep. The more you try the more awake you become. If you are having difficulty falling asleep, get up and watch TV or read for a while until you naturally become drowsy.
  6. Eat a light snack. Try drinking a glass of milk; cheese and crackers or any other light snack might help.
  7. Avoid caffeine. Try avoiding all coffee and beverages containing caffeine, such as colas from lunchtime on. You may want to try avoiding tea and chocolate as well if you are very sensitive.
  8. Deal with worries prior to bedtime.  If you are worry-prone, take a half-hour earlier in the evening for some `alone` time. Write down what worries you and think about potential solutions to problems you are facing. Set them aside at bedtime.
  9. Try taking a hot bath at bedtime. Spend some time in the tub relaxing often helps you sleep more soundly.
  10. Try adjusting your bedroom environment. Do whatever makes you more comfortable such as using heavy drapes to make the bedroom darker, Opening a window for some fresh air, or drowning out noise with a fan. Find out what works best for you!       (Source: Mayo Clinic)

 

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The National Sleep Foundation advises that “adequate sleep is necessary for healthy functioning” and that “sleep is inherently linked with how we eat, how we exercise, and how we function on a daily basis.” The National Sleep Awareness Week ends with the return to Daylight Saving Time, when clocks move ahead one hour and too many Americans lose an hour of sleep!

 

For more information on National Sleep Awareness Week:

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/event/national-sleep-awareness-week-2013