• Traumatic Brain Injury

  • St. Anthony Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and provides the highest level of care for Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients.

    This designation is critical for TBI patients requiring brain surgery as a result of brain injury and trauma. The Level I designation assures that trauma surgeons, critical care physicians, anesthesiologists, radiologists, CT techs and technological resources are ready at all times to provide critical, life saving care for brain injury patients.

    Neurosurgeons are on-call and available 24 hours-a-day and our specialized trauma team works closely with EMS responders, communicating about the incoming TBI patient so staff and resources are ready as soon as the patient arrives.

    Our Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Team of Nurses work on a one to one basis with families, doctors and TBI patients. These brain injury patients are the sickest of the sick, and these nurses manage their care wonderfully, going everywhere the TBI patient goes. 

    St. Anthony Hospital's T-10, Colorado's first dedicated trauma-operating suite, enables seriously injured patients to go directly to surgery upon their arrival with EMS. This gives us the ability to address traumatic brain injuries immediately, giving us valuable lifesaving minutes that make all the difference when it comes to brain trauma.

  • Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Team

    The specially trained nurses who care for traumatic brain injury patients at St. Anthony Hospital consist of a group of individuals who were selected to be on the Brain Injury Team. The members of this team have received extensive education and training regarding the protocol guided care and new technology relating to traumatic brain injuries. There are a total of 30 day/night Registered Nurse Brain Injury Team Members at St. Anthony Hospital.

    The patients in the Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care Units at St. Anthony Hospital with severe traumatic brain injury  have direct brain tissue oxygenation monitoring, along with intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP). The goal of therapy is to ensure adequate brain oxygen levels while maintaining normal ICP parameters.

    In addition, the Neuroscience Program Coordinator tracks the patients we take care of on a yearly basis. Each year on average, 32-40 patients have benefited from this protocol guided approach to caring for patients with severe traumatic brain injury.

    In 2007, we were awarded the Adam Williams Initiative Grant.  The Adam Williams Initiative is a philanthropic foundation endorsed by the Brain Trauma Foundation for Trauma Care.  The Initiative's goal is to help establish a higher standard of care for severe traumatic brain injury patients through implementation of protocol-driven care.  In 1995, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons published guidelines for the treatment of the patient with a severe traumatic brain injury.  The AWI utilizes these guidelines. 

    St. Anthony Hospital is a proud sponsor of The Brain Injury Association of Colorado, an organization providing support and resources for survivors of TBI in Colorado and their families. To learn more visit The Brain Injury Association of Colorado. 

     

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