Brain Injury Awareness Month: How Ventilator Care May Improve Quality of Life

As Brain Injury Awareness Month draws near (March), we wanted to talk about how receiving proper ventilator care may help people suffering from cerebral damage. When people sustain a brain injury, it is common for them to receive ventilator care. The care is traditionally given to them as a way to improve their breathing and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide buildup in their bodies.

As studies like the one that appeared in a September 2010 issue of the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism show, this type of care is critical. Why? Both oxygen and carbon dioxide levels impact a brain’s function. They can cause everything from acute hypoxia and hypercapnia to increased cranial pressure. As such, in order for individuals with a brain injury to have a high quality of life and chance to recover, those levels need to be properly maintained.

Understandably, not all brain injured individuals will need short or long-term ventilator care. The need is typically dictated by the severity and location of the brain injury as well as other health problems that may be present at the time. For example, some individuals may sustain focal brain injuries, which only involve local hematomas and contusions. 

Other individuals may sustain diffuse brain injuries instead. They typically include hemorrhaging, concussions and other injuries. Depending on the situation, the person may experience brain swelling, mental confusion, fatigue and other problems that may be mitigated by increasing oxygen flow to the brain and removing harmful carbon dioxide. 

Quick Brain Injury Facts

  • An estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) 
  • Another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes each year.
  • Currently more than 5.3 million children and adults in the U.S. live with a lifelong disability as a result of TBI 
  • And an estimated 1.1 million have a disability due to stroke. 

Statistics courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and the Stroke Fact Sheet. Source:  BIAUSA

Brain Injury Care

At Fox Subacute, we have the facilities, partnerships and knowledgeable staff needed to provide ventilator care to people with a wide variety of brain injuries. We also recognize the impact a brain injury can have on the entire family; because caring for a loved one with a brain injury at home can be difficult.  

If you find that you might need some assistance, whether for short-term respite care or if you are considering a long-term care option, we invite you to visit any one of the Fox Subacute facilities. Speak with our social workers and medical staff, visit and speak with our residents and learn about the quality of life and the care we offer to our residents.  Our admissions team can help you through the process so you only have to worry about caring for your loved one.

Please contact Fox Subacute today and request a facility tour

 Video: Family Experience at Fox Subacute – Brain Injury Care


Brain Injury Care - Fox Subacute at Clara Burke, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Fox Subacute at Clara Burke, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Photo courtesy of Beholder & Fox Subacute

Fox Subacute, the first skilled nursing facility in the country to convert traditional nursing homes to sophisticated, subacute care facilities that exclusively service the post acute (outside the hospital) ventilator and trach collar dependent patient. We specialize in providing progressive ventilator weaning, rehabilitation services and other subacute care such as dialysis, TPN and wound management. We have gained a stellar reputation as the industry leader in caring for the respiratory patient since 1985.   Fox Subacute facilities are conveniently located in Plymouth Meeting, Warrington and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Our facilities are licensed by the PA Department of Health.