Updated Brain Injury Toolkit Now Available

June 26, 2007

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated and revised its toolkit, “Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice,” to help physicians diagnose and manage mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in their patients [more].

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated and revised its toolkit, “Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice,” to help physicians diagnose and manage mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in their patients.

According to the CDC, approximately 75% to 90% of the 1.4 million traumatic brain injury, ED visits, hospitalizations, and related deaths that occur in the US are concussions or MTBIs. Practitioners would be better able to help prevent MTBI and improve patient outcomes with early diagnosis and management. This type of diagnosis is often difficult to make since many of the symptoms mirror those of other medical conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and headache syndromes. Often, the symptoms don?t manifest for several days after the initial injury.

The free toolkit can be ordered or downloaded at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi/physicians_tool_kit.htm. Additional information on MTBI can be obtained at www.cdc.gov/injury, by e-mail at cdcinfo@cdc.gov, or by telephone at 800-232-4636.