Month: April 2017

Mental Health Monday #MHM #TBI

Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBI’s 

Hi all,

Sorry, I have not written anything in a few, but I am generally busier than I wish I were. That said, let’s talk about a different kind of brain issue than my norm. Let’s discuss “Traumatic Brain Injury” or “TBIs.”

TBIs are in the new frequently these days because of the frequency of incidents with our military men and women encountering IEDs and other concussive type mechanisms of injury. However, there are many numerous causes of TBIs that we here in in the US could encounter. In Texas, more than 144,000 people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and an estimated 440,000 Texans have a disability related to a traumatic brain injury.

In the US, the number of people who are diagnosed with a brain injury each year is more than the number of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and ALS….combined.

So why is it important to address this issue?

Well, NOT protecting our brains can leave us with lifelong consequences. While some effects can be overcome, some are not. Everything we are, think, know, remember, believe, do, see, hear, taste, etc.… it’s all controlled or stored by our brain. The human brain is not designed to withstand impacts so we need to do what we can to try to avoid injuring it. We could change our very personality by not doing so.

So what are the number one cause of TBIs? Falls. Falls account for 40% of TBIs. Some other reasons are:

  • concussion
  • violence
  • blast injury
  • struck by or against something
  • motor vehicle crash
  • abusive head trauma
  • shaken baby syndrome
  • sports injuries

Who is principally at risk?

  • Children ages 0-4 and Adolescents ages 16-19: most likely to have TBI-related ED visit or hospitalization. (This is due to falls or general risk taking.)
  • Older adults age 75+: have highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and deaths among all age groups. (This is due to falls because of declining mental and physical attributes.)
  • Domestic Violence Survivors: Studies estimate the prevalence of TBI in domestic violence survivors is over 35%.
  • Athletes: Over 1.6 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year.

Moreover, how do we avoid a TBI?  Follow these tips to reduce the risk of brain injury:

  • Seat belts and airbags. Always wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle. A small child should always sit in the back seat of a car and be secured in child safety seats or booster seats that are appropriate for his or her size and weight.
  • Alcohol and drug use. Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications that can impair the ability to drive.
  • Wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, skateboard, motorcycle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. Also wear appropriate head protection when playing baseball or contact sports, skiing, skating, snowboarding, or riding a horse.
  • Preventing falls

The following tips can help older adults avoid falls around the house:

  • Install handrails in bathrooms
  • Put a nonslip mat in the bathtub or shower
  • Remove area rugs
  • Install handrails on both sides of staircases
  • Improve lighting in the home
  • Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter
  • Get regular vision checkups
  • Get regular exercise
  • Preventing head injuries in children

The following tips can help children avoid head injuries:

  • Install safety gates at the top of a stairway
  • Keep stairs clear of clutter
  • Install window guards to prevent falls
  • Put a nonslip mat in the bathtub or shower
  • Use playgrounds that have shock-absorbing materials on the ground
  • Make sure area rugs are secure
  • Don’t let children play on fire escapes or balconies

However, say something happens, and someone you know ends up with a possible head injury. Here’s what to look for:

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blood or clear fluid draining from nose or ears
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling in limbs
  • Trouble walking
  • Slurred speech or vision issues
  • Seizure

Symptoms may not appear until days, weeks, or even months after the injury.

Continue to monitor for signs and symptoms even if you do not observe any immediately. See a doctor if you notice any of these changes after the injury.

COGNITIVE:

  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Changes in Work/school performance
  • Delayed thinking and understanding

BEHAVIORAL/EMOTIONAL:

  • Changes in personality and behavior
  • Irritability/Aggression
  • Depression/Anxiety

PHYSICAL:

  • Poor balance and coordination
  • Sleep disturbances or fatigue
  • Ongoing headaches or neck pain
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

And finally, consider downloading a wallet card at the link below if you have a brain injury that has left you with permanent symptoms that may complicate your normal life, including an interaction with a police officer. Some symptoms, because of a lack of knowledge about your history, might appear to indicate intoxication or alcohol or another substance. Having a wallet card with easy to understand information may help mitigate a situation.

I hope this information helps. Head injuries are not something we “rub some dirt on and walk off.” It is something to take them all seriously until you are confident it not.

Sources:

https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/office-acquired-brain-injury

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/prevention/con-20029302

https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/office-acquired-brain-injury/disaster-precautions-preparedness/wallet-id-card

-Officer C. Morgan #622

Mental Health Peace Officer

North Richland Hills Police Department

(817) 427-7092

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Fatality Accident – North Tarrant Pkwy – PR 17-10

Carissa Katekaru                                                 PR 17-10

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

 

On April 17, 2017 just prior to 7:00 pm, officers were dispatched to the 8600 block of North Tarrant Parkway (cross street of Saddlebrook Ct.). Upon arrival, officers noted a white two-door sedan and white minivan with significant damage.

The two-door sedan was in multiple pieces, with the rear of the vehicle on fire. The white male driver of the two-door sedan had been ejected from the vehicle and was located deceased at the scene. The white male driver of the minivan was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An additional three other vehicles were involved in the accident, as a result of swerving to miss the initial incident between the white sedan and white minivan; however, no other persons were injured.

Witnesses’ report that the two-door sedan was traveling east bound on North Tarrant at a high rate of speed when they heard what was described as a “pop” sound. The sedan then lost control and rolled across the center median into the west bound traffic of North Tarrant Parkway. After the sedan crossed the median, it ran head-on in to the white minivan. Officers are currently investigating to determine the cause of the accident, but at this time speed is believed to be a factor.

Names of involved parties are being withheld, pending family notifications.

 

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Assault by Contact at Walker Creek – PR 17-09

Sergeant Kevin Palmer                                                                                            PR 17-09

Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7074

E-Mail: kpalmer@nrhtx.com

 

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

 

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:26 PM, a father of a student from Walker Creek Elementary met with the North Richland Hills Police Department to report an incident where an educational assistant* grabbed his child by the face.  The matter was documented as requested by police department staff.  The following day, the father returned to the police department and requested that an offense report be taken.  The officer was shown an electronic image of the child’s face and observed what appeared to be a mark on the child’s cheek.  The officer completed a report for Assault by Contact.  The case is currently being investigated.

 

Birdville ISD reported that they are aware of the incident and are conducting their own administrative investigation into the matter.

*updated 4:30 PM 4-13-17 (previously reported to have been a teacher)

Auto Ped Accident PR 17-08

Carissa Katekaru PR 17-08

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                                                                       For Immediate Release

On Monday April 10, 2017, at approximately 4:25 AM, officers were dispatched to the area of 7200 Rufe Snow Drive reference an auto-pedestrian accident.  Arriving officers observed a woman in the roadway with visible injuries.  The vehicle that had struck the woman was also on scene.  Medical personnel determined the female’s injuries required immediate transport via helicopter.

The evidence possibly suggests the woman entered the roadway when it was unsafe to do so and was struck by the vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing at this time, but there is nothing to suggest there will be any criminal charges related to the incident.

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Facebook Live Beat Meetings

In an effort to offer our community an opportunity to meet in a relaxed, informal environment with their beat officer, we invite our community members to join us for our FIRST ever online Facebook Live Beat Meetings! What better way to interact than from the comfort of your home!

The goal of the beat meetings is to address any concerns that those in a specific beat may have, answer any police related questions, and help educate the public about general safety and Crime Prevention. For two weeks prior to the events, we invite residents to send questions to us: nrhpdsocial@nrhtx.com, please remember to include your target beat with your question! 

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We heard your feedback about the inability to find your beat, so our GIS Map personnel did an outstanding job creating a larger than life “book” for you to locate which beat you reside in. Please feel free to send us an email if you’re still unsure: nrhpdsocial@nrhtx.com.

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Full City View

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