Since a loved one has been in the NeuroICU for the past month (TBI, multiple broken bones and internal injuries due to motorcycle accident) I (as well as other family members) have been told off and on "oh don't talk to him, don't touch him, etc because it will overstimulate him and that isn't good" But yet no one has been able to explain just what "overstimulation" is and why it isn't good. I am a nurse(long term care) and I feel that I have a pretty good grasp of the siutation at hand, yet this whole concept of overstimulation is new to me and I can't seem to find much information on the subject that I can relate to. I asked one of the nurses at the hospital where I work and she said "well it can cause seizures in some patients" but didn't go into any further detail or explanation. So, if anyone could please shed some light on this for me I would greatly appreciate it.
Also, while some of the staff are stern with the family about "overstimulation" and NOT talking, touching etc, others encourage the family to talk to him, touch him, etc and this has caused quite a bit of confusion between family and staff because the family isn't sure just what to do!