01 June 2009

TBI Assisstive Tech and First-Aid Procedures

Listing of assistive/augmentative communication devices
The term "assistive technology" refers to any piece of equipment that helps the disabled move, communicate or otherwise function in their daily lives. Because traumatic brain injury patients can be disabled in any number of ways, including physically, mentally and/or emotionally, assistive technology for TBI can aid patients in: eating, hearing , seeing, talking (or otherwise communicating), and walking (or otherwise moving around).Some of the most popular types of assistive technology for TBI include:

1. Braille readers and embossers
2. computer-related equipment and programs, including screen readers (that read aloud the words on a computer screen) and personalized keyboards
3. motorized wheelchairs
4. sip-and-puff systems, devices a TBI patient can control through inhalations and exhalations
5. vision aides, including glasses, contacts and special computer monitors

Brain and spinal cord. (n.d.). Assistive technology (AT) for TBI. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/brain-injury/assistive-technology.html

First aid and emergency procedures
The following websites give information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of traumatic brain injuries:

MedlinePlus. (2009). Traumatic brain injury. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/traumaticbraininjury.html#cat5

Healthline. (2009). Head injury information. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/head-injury

Mayo clinic. (2009). Traumatic brain injury. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/traumatic-brain-injury/ds00552

Behavioral medicine associates inc.. (n.d.). Mild traumatic brain injury. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.qeeg.com/mtbi.html

AZ health info. (2009). Traumatic brain injury. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.azhealthinfo.org/showPage.cfm?pageID=220&level=2

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