Anoxic trauma occurs when the brain lacks the oxygen necessary for physical and mental functioning. Caring for a person with an anoxic brain injury can be challenging. Some at-home tips for caring for an individual with an anoxic injury are listed below.
Tips for Caregivers
It’s not easy to care for someone with a brain injury, especially because the recovery time can be slow. Here are some helpful tips:
- Get a realistic prognosis from the medical team. How long will recovery likely take and what can be expected?
- Ask how to help. Family members may be willing to help but may be unsure how. Ask therapists and doctors what to do to make their jobs easier.
- Work as a team. One person can’t do it alone. Together, you can chart progress and work toward specific goals.
- Inform friends, family and caregivers regularly of any updates. It’s helpful when everyone is informed, so be sure to communicate with those close to the patient regarding his or her progress.
- Be patient. It is common for patients to experience speech, motor, vision and other problems. Although some of the brain’s functions improve, some may never improve. Therefore, it helps to be patient and creative, finding ways to work around problem areas.
Find Legal Help if Pursuing a Malpractice Claim
If an anesthesia error or other medical mistake leads to an anoxic injury, the medical staff may be liable. It is important to seek legal help in order to recover compensation for damages. The Becker Law Firm is a Cleveland medical malpractice law firm that can help clients seeking recourse. Contact us today at (440) 252-4399.