Human Care Reflection Paper

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Tierani Richardson
Reflection 12

Content: Group four presented over the adult treatment of TBI. They described short-term treatment as treatment that focuses on maximizing the natural recovery process through both stimulation and stabilization. I like how the group mentioned the reticular activating system. This system is in the brain stem and is essentially an “on/off” switch that controls a person’s consciousness. A coma is a period in which the brain is repairing and healing itself naturally. I honestly did not know why people went into comas before this topic. The group mentioned several coma interventions such as pharmacologic interventions, sensory stimulation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and deep brain stimulation. The interesting one to me was deep brain stimulation. This “treatment” sends electrical impulses throughout the patient’s brain to control and cause movement. It was interesting to note that none of these interventions have been empirically shown to restore consciousness. I learned that 61 percent of patients experience dysphagia after regaining consciousness! I knew that it would be a problem since we talked about dysphagia treatments, but I had no idea it was this extensive! The group described long-term treatments as focusing on creating adaptive and compensatory strategies based of the patient’s individualized goals, needs, and desires. A person must be their own advocate and make decisions regarding treatment for themselves. The group talked about rehabilitation versus habilitation. I already discussed habilitation so rehabilitation aims to “regain or replace skills, abilities, and knowledge that has been compromised with a focus on returning to the most functional life possible.” I like how the group mentioned Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) as a compensatory (external aid) strategy. They described it as “a secretary in your pocket” and this could not be more accurate. A PDA can function as a phone, fax sender, personal organizer (dates, numbers, schedules, appointments, etc.), and even browse the Internet. This would be very useful for an adult recovering from TBI. I also learned that more than 73 percent of rehabilitation centers use computer-assisted treatment. With the way
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