Lee Jenkins, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi has come out to highlight serious problems with the Mississippi health care system. Specifically, he said that most nursing homes in the state aren’t equipped to handle the anger and outbursts often associated with a patient’s severe brain injury and the rehab that is needed to ultimately make them better.
Jenkins points out that vast majority of facilities are not able to deal with the unique challenges associated with patients who have received a traumatic brain injury. Though not always the case, some severely brain-injured patients can be a danger to themselves and others unless they are in a controlled environment and are receiving needed treatment.
Tragically, Jenkins says there is not a single long-term, inpatient care facility in Mississippi for those with severe brain injury. In the state, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is the post-acute, short-term facility that most brain injury patients got to, but after that, there is no public or private long-term, inpatient facility that will properly care for these special patients.
Most medical experts who have experience dealing with patients suffering from a TBI agree that there is a need for a long-term, inpatient center in the state but say that they doubt one will ever be established due to the cost associated with such a facility. Until someone finally takes action to remedy the problem those in Mississippi suffering from a severe brain injury will have to continue looking elsewhere for treatment.
On another note, the legislature appears to have recognized the seriousness of concussions and brain injury among young athletes in the state. Though the Mississippi High School Activities Association already has concussion guidelines in place, legislators realized that they only applied to the middle and high schools the association governs, leaving thousands of young people without such protection. To remedy the problem, legislators have proposed a bill, named Senate Bill 2271, which states that the “governing body of any youth activity,” must enforce a concussion or head injury policy, must notify all parents of the policy and risks of head injury or trauma, and that must ensure that proper concussion education is provided to coaches and parents.
Though the bill passed the Senate, it was not able to get through the state house during the last session due to a series of small disagreements. The sponsors of the legislation say that they are confident the problems have been worked out with the language and that they will be able to secure the necessary support this time around.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was not your fault, the first thing you should do is get the medical attention you need. After that, please contact the Jackson auto accident lawyers at Kilpatrick & Philley at (601) 856-7800.
Source: “Miss. ranks high for traumatic brain injuries,” by The Associated Press, published at NECN.com.
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