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Head Trauma CEU

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD

Topic: Psychosocial Concepts & Support Systems

Duration: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Head trauma can lead to physical and mental disability as well as significant morbidity and mortality. Understanding brain anatomy and physiology is fundamental to an accurate clinical assessment, diagnosis and prognosis of the brain injured patient. The challenge of ensuring patient recovery and quality of life following head trauma and of addressing the lifelong implications and family needs of brain injured patients must take into account current evidence-based recommendations for interdisciplinary health team approaches in their work to promote the health and wellbeing of patients with a head injury.

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Program Goal:

To educate CCM® board certified case managers about Head Trauma

Learning Objectives

At the close of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the types of traumatic brain injury.
  • Explain neurological deficits due to head injury.
  • Describe treatment for brain-injured patients.
  • Discuss the prognosis for recovery and family adjustment.

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Epidemiology and Statistics of Brain Injuries - Traumatic Brain Injury
  3. Head and Brain Anatomy and Physiology
    1. Scalp
    2. Skull
    3. Meninges
    4. Cranial Vault and Brain
    5. Right and Left Brain Hemispheres
    6. Nervous System
    7. Vascular System
    8. Cranial Nerves
    9. . Hypothalamus
    10. . Brainstem
    11. Brain Cells
    12. Cerebrospinal Fluid
    13. Ventricles
    14. Other Parts of the Brain
  4. Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
    1. Open versus Closed Injuries
    2. Diffuse versus Focal Injuries
  5. Symptoms of Head Injury
    1. Mild Head Injury Symptoms
    2. Moderate to Severe Head Injury Symptoms
  6. Neurological Deficits Due to Head Injury
    1. Amnesia
    2. Pupil Changes
    3. Stiff Neck and Headache
  7. Physical Conditions and Altered Consciousness
    1. Nausea and Vomiting
    2. Change of Consciousness
  8. . Altered States of Consciousness
    1. Coma, Vegetative State, Stupor
    2. Minimally Conscious State
    3. Locked-In Syndrome
    4. Brain Death
  9. Glasgow Coma Scale
  10. Treatment for Brain-Injured Patients
    1. Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
    2. Pharmacological Treatment
    3. Surgery
    4. Timing of Therapy
  11. Rehabilitation of the TBI Patient
    1. Acute and Post-acute Rehabilitation
    2. Subacute Rehabilitation
    3. Outpatient Treatment, Home Health and Independent Living
  12. Prognosis for Recovery and Family Adjustment
  13. Impact on Family Members
  14. Case Study: Motorcycle Accident and Blunt Head Trauma
  15. Case Study: Closed Head Trauma in an Infant
  16. Research Study: Keppra Prophylaxis
  17. Summary


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