Hyderabad: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the biggest killers in road accidents in India. Patients have to be brought in the first 30 minutes to save lives In road accidents in India, TBI is the fifth leading cause of death.
Professor Raja Reddy, former director of NIMS, explained, “In India, the road traffic accidents rate is 35 per 1000 vehicles, one of the highest in the world.”
Prof. Manas Panigrahi, chief neurosurgeon at KIMS, explained, “The biggest problem in road traffic accidents is the severity of the impact. When vehicles travelling at 120 kmph collide, the occupants die immediately. Accidents at lower speeds like 60 to 80 kmph are also traumatic but there is scope for medicine to work.”
Dr Vijayasaradhi, professor of the department of neurosurgery at NIMS, said “There is a need for major collaboration among the traffic department, ambulance providers and also emergency care specialists. Of the 29 patients who came with Traumatic brain injury to the hospital in one week, only three made it on time.”
Traumatic brain injury was the major topic of discussion in a conference held on neurotrauma in the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) recently....