Top Minds At Santa Clara Brain Injury Conference Give iPads To Patients

CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Touch screen tablet computers have given brain injury patients who have trouble speaking new ways to communicate at a fraction of the cost of speech synthesis equipment common just a few years ago.

The many medical uses of iPads and other tablet computers were showcased before some of the top brain experts in the nation, who gathered Friday for the Third Annual Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference.

“The use if iPads has become a big part of our program,” said Debbie Burdsall, technology champion for the Valley Medical Center Foundation.

“We can use it as a communication device with certain apps,” she said, so that a patient who is non-verbal when discharged has an easy-to-use tool to take home with them.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:
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Tips for Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury When and where you Can Do Something to Stop it From Happening

In An Instant Your Life Can Change Forever

Every year, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. As the weather begins to become more pleasant and the temperature rises, people want to get fresh air and enjoy springtime activities. However, traumatic brain injury can be caused by a number of things, including falls, bicycle, skateboarding and ATV accidents. Before you get involved in some of these fun activities, consider these tips to stay safe and prevent traumatic brain injury.


  • Head injury is the leading cause of bicycle deaths, so always make sure to wear a proper-fitting helmet. Consult a helmet chart to find the right size. It won’t be as effective if you wear it too snug or too loose, so make sure it fits tightly around your chin.
  • Obey traffic laws. Never drive against the flow of traffic and always use hand signals when turning.
  • Avoid riding at night. If you must ride at…

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