New results from an Australian collaborative randomised trial will change practice
Every year in Australia, 1000 people are admitted to intensive care units with severe traumatic brain injury, mostly as a result of motor vehicle accidents.1 Despite high standards of prehospital and medical care, 50% of these people either die or survive with severe lifelong disability.2 Most of the survivors with severe disability are young men aged in their mid 20s;2 they cannot return to work and will never be able to live independently. The cost of severe traumatic brain injury in human terms is huge, and in economic terms has been recently independently calculated to be $4.8 billion every year in Australia.1 In the United States, the annual economic burden of traumatic brain injury is $60 billion.3
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