Nursing interventions for stimulation in comatose state patients
Every year 1.4 million people will suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are over 5.3 million TBI survivors living in the United States, or about two percent of the population, living with long-term effects or in need of lifelong help. Estimations have been made that with both the direct and indirect costs of medical bills and productivity loss in the United States the total cost for TBI was 60 billion dollars in 2000.
Sensory stimulation consists of visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, and-olfactory stimuli that attempt to increase the levels of conscio-µsness in TBI patients by enhancing synaptic reinnervation in the brain. Sensory stimulation has been around since the 1980's and has been found to be beneficial for TBI patients, however, no guidelines have been created for nurses and other health care providers to perform this program. By making guidelines for nurses and other health care providers that outline the proper procedure of this treatment, the cost for care of TBI patients will decrease, therefore positively impacting the health care system.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Matkovich, Kathryn, "Nursing interventions for stimulation in comatose state patients" (2009). HIM 1990-2015. 838.