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.