SOURCE: Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care

November 05, 2009 09:49 ET

Hospital for Special Care Offers Free Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Screening for Veterans

NEW BRITAIN, CT--(Marketwire - November 5, 2009) - With Veterans Day approaching on November 11, our thoughts turn to supporting our veterans. Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is offering screenings for the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. HSC is an extensive resource to veterans and their families on the education and treatment of TBI.

Many veterans may be suffering symptoms of TBI after exposure to bomb blasts, a blow to the head, the head striking an object or lack of oxygen. However, these symptoms may not be recognized as a brain injury and as a result, veterans may not be getting the treatment they need.

The free electronic TBI screenings offered via phone and through www.hfsc.org will direct veterans to appropriate treatment if warranted. In addition, HSC has created a free package of educational materials for veterans and their families.

"This is an opportunity for us to help veterans affected by TBI get on the road to better health," said HSC President and Chief Executive Officer, John Votto, DO, FCCP. "We have become increasingly concerned based on our research that some veterans may be suffering potential long-term effects from mild traumatic brain injury and not even know it."

TBI can result in one or more of the following symptoms:

--  A brief loss of consciousness
--  Loss of memory immediately before or after the injury
--  Any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident
--  Persistent post-concussive symptoms such as irritability, headache and
    difficulty concentrating
    

If you know a veteran experiencing any of the above symptoms or a family member who wants more information about brain injuries, Hospital for Special care can provide the resources and education needed to gain a better understanding of the injury and its treatment.

For more information, call Hospital for Special Care at (860) 612-6310 or contact via email at vetsoutreach@hfsc.org.

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, New Britain, Conn.-based Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury. Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. Please visit www.hfsc.org for more information.

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