The Barrow Resource for Acquired Injury to the Nervous System (B.R.A.I.N.S.) Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is the first of its kind in the nation and offers comprehensive, compassionate, cutting-edge treatment and rehabilitation to victims of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.
The B.R.A.I.N.S. Program combines numerous medical disciplines to help patients age 15 years old and up to meet their short-term and long-term recovery goals.
Patients receive a care and rehabilitation program that is designed specifically for each individual and may include:
- Trauma Care
- Intensive Care
- Child Neurology
- Translational Research
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Injury Prevention Education
- Community Resources
- School Education Specialist
Inpatients and outpatients in the program have access to top neurological scientists and the translational research Barrow is conducting on brain injuries. B.R.A.I.N.S. also is the first program in the United States to include educators in a multidisciplinary model and assist their reintegration into the classroom.
“Our mission is to improve the outcomes of those who suffer from neurological injury through comprehensive and individualized care, collaboration with other medical institutions, and aggressive medical research.”
This interdisciplinary program is just part of the ground-breaking work under way at Barrow, an internationally recognized leader in neurological research and patient care. Barrow treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal tumors, cerebrovascular conditions, and neuromuscular disorders.
Working Together for the Patient
The B.R.A.I.N.S. Program not only utilizes the medical and scientific staff at Barrow, it also includes a collaboration with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona State University and the Brain Injury Association of Arizona. The new B.R.A.I.N.S. Program is endorsed by the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries. View the B.R.A.I.N.S. Team at Barrow
What is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. TBI has been called the “signature injury” of the Iraq war, with some 320,000 reported cases from the conflict.
Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few minutes. Other TBI symptoms include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions, an inability to awaken, dilation of pupils, slurred speech, weakness, loss of coordination, and confusion and agitation.
Approximately 1.5 million Americanssustain a traumatic brain injury each year and the very young and very old are the most at risk.
TBI is the number one cause of death in children and young adults.
B.R.A.I.N.S. Prevention Program
As part of the B.R.A.I.N.S. Program, Barrow offers the Helmet Your Head safety program.
The program focuses on the prevention of head and traumatic brain injuries and the effect they have on the individual, family and community. Aimed at children in grades K-12 and adults with mild TBI, the program advocates the use of helmets during recreational activities to prevent brain injury.
The Helmet Your Head curriculum is designed to be used in a variety of classroom settings. Students learn about the consequences of sustaining severe brain injury in common activities such as bicycling, roller-blading, skateboarding, horseback riding, rock climbing and other sports.
For more information, visit Helmet Your Head.
For more information, please call 602-406-HEAD (4323).
Barrow Neurological Institute
of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
350 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013