Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice – A Tool Kit for Physicians is an information packet about TBI developed specifically for doctors. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI, you may wish to considering passing it along to your PCP.
From the site:
An estimated 75%-90% of the 1.4 million traumatic brain injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits that occur each year are concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI).
Many individuals who sustain an MTBI are not hospitalized or receive no medical care at all. An unknown proportion of those who are not hospitalized may experience long-term problems such as persistent headache, pain, fatigue, vision or hearing problems, memory problems, confusion, sleep disturbances, or mood changes. Symptoms of MTBI or concussion may appear mild, but can lead to significant, life-long impairment affecting an individual’s ability to function physically, cognitively, and psychologically.
Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent MTBI or concussion and improve a patient’s health outcomes through early diagnosis, management, and appropriate referral.
In response, CDC, in collaboration with an expert work group, has recently updated and revised the “Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice” tool kit. This tool kit is available free-of-charge and contains practical, easy-to-use clinical information and tools, including:
a booklet with information on diagnosis and management of MTBI;
a patient assessment tool (Acute Concussion Evaluation or ACE);
a care plan to help guide a patient’s recovery;
fact sheets in English and Spanish on preventing concussion;
a palm card for the on-field management of sports-related concussion; and
a CD-ROM with downloadable kit materials and additional MTBI resources.