Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and polytrauma are the leading cause of death and disability in young people worldwide, and disabling effects may persist for many years. The social and financial costs of supporting survivors are considerable for both families and public health institutions.
In the last decades, improvements in pre-hospital resuscitation and in intensive and surgical management of these patients lowered mortality rates, but this pathology still remains serious. The way to get better results consists probably in improving several different fronts: the organization of the patient’s course from the accident scene to the rehabilitation, the study and use of new techniques and procedures, support for continuous education.
But above all we consider crucial the idea of “cultural contamination”: that means working in team of people
with different specialties and roles, sharing experiences, discussing and reviewing difficult cases, fostering clinical
research by collecting data and evaluating outcomes.