Coping with Head Injury: Information and Answers to Commonly Asked Questions / Edition 1

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Overview

Head injury can quickly thrust families into a situation filled with fear, confusion, and uncertainty. They are forced to make critical decisions at a time of severe emotional stress, and many times are unable to effectively communicate with medical personnel.

Over a period of several months, intensive care nurses and doctors from one of the country’s leading head injury centers noted the most common questions asked by families and patients. Their direct, commonsense answers give comfort to those supporting the patient on the journey to recovery.

This book makes a great educational tool. Its easy reading style and clear illustrations help patients and their families cope with the changes that are about to occur in their lives. It also helps facilitate communication between the family and the health care team.

Interviews with families who suddenly found themselves dealing with this tragedy add a personal dimension to the book. Their insight offers readers additional tips for coping, as well as an understanding of what they can expect on the road to rehabilitation.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: James P. Kelly, MA, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book has the appearance of a soft bound textbook. The cover is attractive and the will catch the eye of the intended audience. There is a glossary of medical terms and a handy index.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide information and answers to commonly asked questions in the setting of severe head injuries. These are worthy objectives, since very little information is available for families of those injured. Unfortunately, these objectives are only partially met by the authors.
Audience: The intended audience would be family members of patients who have sustained severe traumatic brain injuries. It would also have some usefulness to healthcare professionals new to the field of brain injury. The authors are not widely known outside of their local environment.
Features: Basic information about the anatomy and function of the brain is discussed. The common injuries that occur to the brain after trauma are covered, as are surgical procedures that are often performed in the emergency setting. and the intensive care experience for patients. The glossary of terms will help the reader decipher some fairly complex terminology. However, there are very few references from the medical literature provided. Only five of the 14 chapters offer any references at all. (There is a total of ten references, four of which are from the Bible. The textbook referenced offers no literature references itself later than 1990.) There is also misinformation, including a description of a concussion as a "symptom" in which an individual "briefly loses consciousness" from a head injury. In fact, the vast majority of concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
Assessment: This book represents the good intentions of authors with old and limited information as well as some misinformation which may not be very helpful to the reader. The very title "Head Injuries" is a term used throughout the book, while the community nationwide has been using the term "traumatic brain injury," which is not used anywhere in the text. The two major support organizations that are patient advocacy associations have moved since the printing of this book (The Brain Injury Association and The International Brain Injury Association). These organizations pride themselves in providing up-to-date and comprehensive literature for family members on request. I am afraid that this "family's guide" will not be high on their list.
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Reviewer: James P. Kelly, MA, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book has the appearance of a soft bound textbook. The cover is attractive and the will catch the eye of the intended audience. There is a glossary of medical terms and a handy index.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide information and answers to commonly asked questions in the setting of severe head injuries. These are worthy objectives, since very little information is available for families of those injured. Unfortunately, these objectives are only partially met by the authors.
Audience: The intended audience would be family members of patients who have sustained severe traumatic brain injuries. It would also have some usefulness to healthcare professionals new to the field of brain injury. The authors are not widely known outside of their local environment.
Features: Basic information about the anatomy and function of the brain is discussed. The common injuries that occur to the brain after trauma are covered, as are surgical procedures that are often performed in the emergency setting. and the intensive care experience for patients. The glossary of terms will help the reader decipher some fairly complex terminology. However, there are very few references from the medical literature provided. Only five of the 14 chapters offer any references at all. (There is a total of ten references, four of which are from the Bible. The textbook referenced offers no literature references itself later than 1990.) There is also misinformation, including a description of a concussion as a "symptom" in which an individual "briefly loses consciousness" from a head injury. In fact, the vast majority of concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
Assessment: This book represents the good intentions of authors with old and limited information as well as some misinformation which may not be very helpful to the reader. The very title "Head Injuries" is a term used throughout the book, while the community nationwide has been using the term "traumatic brain injury," which is not used anywhere in the text. The two major support organizations that are patient advocacy associations have moved since the printing of this book (The Brain Injury Association and The International Brain Injury Association). These organizations pride themselves in providing up-to-date and comprehensive literature for family members on request. I am afraid that this "family's guide" will not be high on their list.
James P. Kelly
This book has the appearance of a soft bound textbook. The cover is attractive and the will catch the eye of the intended audience. There is a glossary of medical terms and a handy index. The stated purpose is to provide information and answers to commonly asked questions in the setting of severe head injuries. These are worthy objectives, since very little information is available for families of those injured. Unfortunately, these objectives are only partially met by the authors. The intended audience would be family members of patients who have sustained severe traumatic brain injuries. It would also have some usefulness to healthcare professionals new to the field of brain injury. The authors are not widely known outside of their local environment. Basic information about the anatomy and function of the brain is discussed. The common injuries that occur to the brain after trauma are covered, as are surgical procedures that are often performed in the emergency setting. and the intensive care experience for patients. The glossary of terms will help the reader decipher some fairly complex terminology. However, there are very few references from the medical literature provided. Only five of the 14 chapters offer any references at all. (There is a total of ten references, four of which are from the Bible. The textbook referenced offers no literature references itself later than 1990.) There is also misinformation, including a description of a concussion as a "symptom" in which an individual "briefly loses consciousness" from a head injury. In fact, the vast majority of concussions occur without loss of consciousness. This book represents the good intentions of authors withold and limited information as well as some misinformation which may not be very helpful to the reader. The very title "Head Injuries" is a term used throughout the book, while the community nationwide has been using the term "traumatic brain injury," which is not used anywhere in the text. The two major support organizations that are patient advocacy associations have moved since the printing of this book (The Brain Injury Association and The International Brain Injury Association). These organizations pride themselves in providing up-to-date and comprehensive literature for family members on request. I am afraid that this "family's guide" will not be high on their list.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576260968
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,213,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

The Acute Phase: The Hospital Experience
The Accident: Three Women Share Their Stories
Understanding the Brain and How It Works
Types of Head Injury
Lab Work and Imaging: Understanding the Pictures and Tests
Typical Symptoms and Behavior
Surgical Management: What It Can Do and How It’s Done
The Intensive Care Setting: Demystifying the Wires, Tubes, and Beeping Machines
Other Medical Issues
Prognosis and Outcomes: What the Future Holds
Emotional Reactions and Coping Strategies; Elisabeth Price, PhD, MA, Sr. Ann Johnston, OP, and Rev. Gregory Kirsch, MDiv, MA
The Role of the Social Worker; Amanda L. Hoffmeister, MSW, LCSW

The Next Step: Rehabilitation
Aspects of Therapy; Christopher Kuseliauskas, RN
Rites of Passage: A Spiritual Perspective on Rehabilitation; Rev. Scott K. Davis, MDiv
Afterword: Head Injury Prevention
Glossary of Medical Terms
Index of Questions
Additional Resources
Index

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