What Is an Anoxic Brain Injury?
Drowning, Choking, Strangulation, or Other Respiratory Difficulties Cause Anoxic Brain InjuriesAnoxic Brain Injuries- Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived its oxygen intake for some significant amount of time. Such deprivation may occur as a result of drowning, choking, strangulation, or other respiratory difficulties. The cells within the brain require oxygen (an therefore blood) to function. Lack of oxygen for a significant period causes the brain cells to die. It is noted that the absence of a significant or identifiable period of loss consciousness does not mean that an injured person has not suffered a permanent brain injury. Likewise, permanent brain injury can occur without a person having hit his or her head. While seemingly not as dangerous as injuries involving coma, hematoma, and surgery, these injuries can be life altering, and in some cases as disabling as many coma injuries.
In the United States Alone, over 1,000,000 People Suffer from Head Injuries Each YearIn the United States alone, over 1,000,000 people suffer from head injuries each year- Head impact injuries, especially "traumatic brain injuries," can leave the victim in varying states of debilitation. While blunt trauma to the skull is the most likely source of traumatic brain injury, prolonged lack of oxygen, or the "anoxic brain injury" can also have severe and life threatening consequences