Quinn’s story stands as a lesson that even with a medical insider for a wife, there at times are intractable obstacles in our system to proper diagnosis and care for the brain injured. Quinn was hurt while refereeing a hockey game. While wearing a helmet, the strap was tight enough to keep the helmet on his head when he fell straight backward. What presented initially as a moderate brain injury, became severe as a result of delayed secondary damage. What adds a disturbing element to this story is that even though his wife was a Physician’s Assistant at the trauma center where he was treated, that made no substantive difference in preventing a premature discharge which had severe secondary consequences.
The Quinn blogs, begin here: http://tbilaw.com/tbivoices/preventablebraininjuryhassecondaryconsequences/
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