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Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative

The University of Kansas Health System is one of a select number of hospitals participating in the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative. This initiative helps nationally verified Level I and Level II trauma programs purchase advanced monitoring equipment. It also provides education for using guidelines and protocols to treat patients with complex brain injuries.

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About traumatic brain injury

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain damage does not occur at the moment of impact. It evolves over the hours and days after the initial injury, due to brain swelling. Using evidence-based treatments and state-of-the-art medical equipment, a hospital can control secondary damage, potentially save thousands of lives and spare patients lifelong disabilities.

Benefits of the initiative

Guidelines established by the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative allow nurses to respond to changes in brain pressure, blood pressure, fluid status, temperature and oxygenation – all at the bedside and all in a matter of seconds.

For example, if brain pressure goes above a certain level, nurses and respiratory therapists can adjust oxygen and ventilation to bring down brain pressure within defined parameters while maintaining adequate brain tissue oxygenation. At the same time, nurses can work toward a longer-term treatment, giving the patient medication as needed to further manage brain pressure.

Before the initiative, each step would require a communication and ordering process that could take 15 to 30 minutes. Under the guidelines, caregivers can intervene in less than a minute. That means more lives saved and fewer long-term effects of brain injuries.