Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Research

STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What is it?

According to the Joint Theater Trauma System, 66 percent of the warfighters wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom are from blast injury. Forty-one percent of the warfighters exposed to a blast show evidence of a traumatic brain injury.   Mild TBI is currently defined by the event and through self-report of symptoms. The working definition is any post-event exposure alteration of mental state at the time of injury, any loss of consciousness lasting 30 minutes or less, or post-traumatic amnesia lasting less than 24 hours. There is agreement that this definition does not meet the needs for clinical assessment of brain injury.


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