Study: Brain-injured patients who died after life support ended may have recovered

Source: United Press International

“Some patients with traumatic brain injuries who died after life support was withdrawn may have recovered if given more time, a new study indicates. The findings of the study, conducted at Mass General Brigham in Boston, were published Monday in the Journal of Neurotrauma. A more cautious approach is needed in making early decisions on withdrawal of life support after traumatic brain injuries, according to the researchers from Mass Brigham, a leading biomedical research organization the includes several Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals. … Currently, no medical guidelines or precise algorithms determine which patients with severe traumatic brain injury are likely to recover. The most common reason families opt for withdrawing life support measures is physicians relaying information that suggests a poor neurologic prognosis.” (05/13/24)