Detect early signs of a potential concussion

Two children knock their heads, trying to get the ball during a soccer match and fall to the ground. The coach and parents huddle over the children and are faced with a tough decision trying to decide whether to brings children to the hospital or wait to see how they are feeling? The parent of one child leave for the hospital while the other parent decide to encourage their child to continue playing. Which parent made the right call?

Studies show that undetected concussions can lead to kids returning to the field of play too soon after an incident, increasing the risk of a severe injury occurring.

A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be detected easily. In fact, it won’t appear in an X-ray, CT scan or MRI. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) range from mild to serious and can happen anywhere—a soccer field, a hockey rink, skateboard club. Traumatic brain injuries often go undetected and untreated and are a leading cause of death and disability. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs for a mild concussion might not appear for seven to 10 days.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMS) says that “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is now more prevalent than breast cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury combined.”  In the U.S. alone, over 1.7 million Americans experience TBI annually, resulting in 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths.

In the absence of any standardized tool for onsite assessments, coaches and parents cannot easily screen for a concussion. Early detection is an essential part of successful treatment. There are currently no universal nor mobile assessment tools for concussion detection except going to the hospital for a diagnosis. But with DetectVueTM, a coach could hold a hand-held device in front of their eyes and receive an objective assessment of whether to seek medical attention immediately or return to play.

The DetectVueTM hand-held device will be an essential tool for schools, workplaces, sports and community centres. Think of how a defibrillator has helped to save lives.

DetectVueTM will give a real-time assessment of the symptoms of a concussion in minutes.