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CDC and AAP Release Online Mild TBI Training for Healthcare Providers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Alonso
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CDC and AAP Release Online Training for Healthcare Providers on Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

HCP_training_400x148_B.pngHEADS UP to Healthcare Providers is a free online training developed by CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Upon completing the training, healthcare providers can earn 2.0 continuing education credits through AAP.

This new training seeks to equip healthcare providers with practical strategies to care for young patients with an mTBI, and emphasizes five key practice-changing recommendations outlined in the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline. These include:

  1. Do not routinely image pediatric patients to diagnose mTBI.
  2. Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI.
  3. Assess evidence-based risk factors for prolonged recovery, including: history of mTBI or other brain injury, severe symptom presentation immediately after the injury, and personal characteristics and family history (such as learning difficulties and family and social stressors).
  4. Provide patients with instructions on returning to activity customized to their symptoms.
  5. Counsel patients to return gradually to non-sports activities after no more than a 2-3 days of rest.

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