Severe Disorders of Consciousness: The Evolution of Care
Stacey L. Sheon JD*
Health Law LL.M., MSOTR/L, Houston, Texas, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Stacey L. Sheon
Health Law LL.M., MSOTR/L
Houston, Texas, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 16, 2013; Accepted date: September 10, 2013; Published date: September 15, 2013
Citation: Stacey L Sheon JD (2013) Severe Disorders of Consciousness: The Evolution of Care. J Neurol Neurophysiol 4:163. doi:10.4172/2155-9562.1000163
Copyright: © 2013 Stacey L, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Emergency medical treatment and intensive care are responsible for the survival of many individuals who would have otherwise died because of an injury to their brain. Consequently, an increased number of people are in vegetative and minimally conscious states. Advances in diagnostic methods, prognostic knowledge, neuroimaging, pharmacology, and proactive treatment approaches necessitate renewed consideration of patient autonomy and clinical experimentation issues for the interest of the patient and society as a whole. Care guidelines for minimally conscious states should be established and guidelines for vegetative states should be redesigned to reflect the advances in this clinical area. Furthermore, methods for accurately educating the public about disorders of consciousness and informing surrogate decision-makers need to be addressed.