Brain injury can be classified together with several dimensions. It could be destructive, fatal or could lead to permanent disability.
Detail from a conducted study was recently published stating that they had created measurements of electrical pulses in the brain to conclude whether a patient was conscious or not.
The electroencephalogram (EEG) method does not cause any pain to patients and functions by means of attaching electrodes to the patient’s head.
Sixteen patients from Addenbrooke’s Hospital at Cambridge and University Hospital of Liege in Belgium were involved at the said research. Each patient was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state or having dull or excessively immobile lifestyle.
Patients were asked to think about moving their right hand or toes. Research found out that three of the patients could repeatedly follow instructions.
According to said research, many areas of the brain that activate when a patient performs a movement also activate when they think of doing it.
Researchers said that those three patients that were able to repeatedly move their hands and toes as instructed were conscious. As a matter of fact, one of those three patients was able to do it for more than a hundred times.
Researchers were excited for the result of their study. It’s really something they should be proud of. Now they can assess many more patients with brain injuries to determine if they can detect hidden awareness.
It’s a great innovation giving a new hope to the family and love ones of many patients with brain injury. Hopefully this would eventually help patients to recover from their state of unconsciousness since most of those patients aren’t entitled for brain injury claims.