CDC Toolkit for prevention and treatment of brain injuries

Author: Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey
Date: March 15, 2003

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a new toolkit for physicians to raise awareness about mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), and to improve treatment for patients with MTBI. Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice is available by e-mailing the CDC at jpmcdonald@cdc.gov.

MTBI, also known as concussion, is one of the most common neurologic disorders. Approximately 1.5 million people incur traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year. Of those, approximately 1.1 million, or 75 percent, incur an MTBI. Many are released from medical care without hospitalization or never receive medical care at all. An unknown portion of those who are not hospitalized may experience long-term disability such as persistent headache, confusion, pain, memory problems, fatigue, difficulties with sleep patterns, mood changes, or vision or hearing problems.

The kit provides physicians with clinical information on incidence, prevention strategies, diagnosis, and treatment; patient education materials including tips on preventing brain injuries and a booklet for patients already diagnosed with a brain injury; and a CD-ROM with relevant scientific articles and download-able kit materials.

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