What Is a TBI?


As the name implies, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically occurs when a forceful blow to the head results in brain dysfunction. It may also occur with a penetrating injury to the skull, such as a bullet wound. If the TBI is mild, it typically results in short-term symptoms. Severe TBIs may involve bleeding on the brain, torn tissues, and bruising that can lead to serious, long-term complications. Sometimes, permanent disability may result.

The symptoms of a TBI can vary widely. If you experience any possible symptoms of a brain injury after involvement in an accident, it’s best to call for emergency transportation to your nearest hospital. Some examples of symptoms include loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion, and sensitivity to light or sound. The recommended treatment for a TBI depends largely on its severity. For mild cases, the patient may only require rest and close monitoring. Severe brain injuries may require surgical intervention, medications, and long-term rehabilitation.

The Emergency Department at Riverside Community Hospital is a Level Two Trauma Center that features a helistop for swift transportation of the most critical of patients to our hospital. If you have a medical emergency in Riverside, please call 911; otherwise, you may contact our community hospital at (951) 788-3000.

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