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Head trauma is a major cause of death and disability for people under age 45.
But are the procedures commonly used for dealing with head trauma and coma
patients the most effective that medicine has to offer? Neurosurgeon Jam Ghajar
believes some patients with brain injuries die due to the use of "outdated and
harmful treatment methods." Dr. Ghajar recommends that there should be a
standard for treatment, in much the same way that there is a standard treatment
for heart attack patients. NOVA follows Dr. Ghajar on his quest to standardize
procedure in emergency rooms and intensive care units to increase the odds that
head trauma patients recover as fully as possible.