Effective January 1, the United State Marine Corps will begin tracking all marines and sailors who have sustained head injuries;
The Marine Corps wants to make sure Marines and sailors who suffer concussions and other head injuries are tagged and tracked in a medical database, which officials hope will lead to better health care and treatment.
Starting Jan. 1, every unit will be required to record its Marines and sailors who suffer, or previously had suffered, a traumatic brain injury at any time.
This is a great bit of news for the men and women in uniform, as head injuries compromise the majority of all injuries in the Afgan and Iraq theaters. Here is how Gidget Fuentes wrote how it will work;
HOW IT WORKS
Under new rules, here’s a sample scenario of how TBI reporting might work:
A Marine goes on a convoy and an improvised explosive device hits his vehicle. Returning to his unit, he checks in with medical for an examination and is found to have suffered a concussion. The unit’s medical personnel record that diagnosis and the IED event into the Medical Readiness Reporting System and treat the Marine until he is healthy and returns to full duty. After returning home and transferring to a new unit, the Marine is riding a motorcycle when he gets into an accident and suffers a head injury. His unit’s medical personnel record that injury in the database, too. The unit commander and medical personnel will see he has been exposed to multiple events and that he’s at increased risk for TBI. They can then provide more informed medical care.
To safeguard privacy, only the unit commander and the medical personnel will have access to the medical information for their unit’s personnel. Once a Marine or sailor transfers to a new unit, the old unit will no longer have access to the information.
As we all know the lasting effects of a misdiagnosed or mismanaged brain injury can be life-long and devastating. We must hand it to the Marines for going above and beyond what is currently expected to protect their own. But then again they are Marines, it’s what they do!