Primary & Emergency 

Care Providers

CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline consists of 19 sets of clinical recommendations. These recommendations are designed for all healthcare providers who care for pediatric patients with this injury.

Key practice-changing recommendations from the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline include:

  • Do not routinely image patients to diagnose mTBI.
  • Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI.
  • Assess evidence-based risk factors for prolonged recovery.
  • Provide patients with instructions on return to activity customized to their symptoms.
  • Counsel patients to return gradually to non-sports activities after no more than 2-3 days of rest.
  • Free CDC Provider Tools, Training and Patient and Family Resources

 

Have you used the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline or the TBI Toolkit? Let us know what you think by completing a short survey!

Toolkit for Healthcare Providers:  2nd Edition 2021

Click Here to download the Healthcare Providers Toolkit

Brain Links provides professionals with current, research-based tools & resources to:

  • Increase identification and awareness
  • Streamline care for people of all ages with traumatic brain injury
  • Enhance patient / family / student education
  • Produce best outcomes
  • Color-coded easy access to all sectionsReference Information, In-Office Use, Send Home with Patient Recommended  Send Home with Patient Optional sections

To meet these needs, we've put together a toolkit full of valuable, up-to-date resources to assist healthcare providers in how they treat and care for patients affected by brain injury. Each kit provides information for identification of brain injury, referral, management, and patient education.



Video Introduction

Jesus Eric Pina-Garza MD

 

We recommend watching the Full-Length training video to fully understand the contents.  (Certificate for professional development available upon completion)

Or - explore the individual content-specific videos.


Take The Full-Length Training Online

To recieve your Certificate of Completion, contact Brain Links at tbi@tndisability.org with the subject line Healthcare Providers Toolkit Certificate.


Topic-Specific Trainings

Check these out for an even greater understanding of how each resource can help you serve people with brain injury: https://www.tndisability.org/topic-specific-trainings-healthcare-providers-toolkit


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Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Tools

ACE Physician/Clinician's Office

 

ACE Care Plan - Return to School

 

ACE Care Plan - Return to Work

 


Sport Concussion Assessment Tool - Child SCAT5

 


 

Post Concussion Symptom Inventories (PCSI)

PCSI Child 5-12

 

PCSI Parent 5-18 Pre-Post Injury

 

PCSI Self 13-18 Pre-Post Injury

 



  • Brain Check Survey (BCS):This parent-completed screening tool, from the Life Outcomes after Brain Injury research center within the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, is used to establish a credible history of brain injury. Check out the Brain Check Survey Scoring Tool. Read more from Life Outcomes After Brain Injury Research Program.
  • SAFE Child Screening Tool Birth to 3 Years Old:  Young children are at high risk for sustaining brain injuries. Data gathered using the SAFE Child Screening Tool will provide information to help professionals develop and implement appropriate services.

  • SAFE Child Screening Tool 3 Years Old to Kindergarten:  Young children are at high risk for sustaining brain injuries. Data gathered using the SAFE Child Screening Tool will provide information to help professionals develop and implement appropriate services.

  • Ohio State University (OSU) TBI Screening Tool:  The Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Identification Method (OSU TBI-ID) is a standardized procedure for eliciting lifetime history of TBI via a structured interview.  Read the full article.

  • HELPS Brain Injury Screening Tool:  The original HELPS TBI screening tool was developed by M. Picard, D. Scarisbrick, R. Paluck, 9/91, International Center for the Disabled, TBI-NET, U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Grant #H128A00022. The Helps Tool was updated by project personnel to reflect recent recommendations by the CDC on the diagnosis of TBI.

    • H - Have you ever Hit your Head or been Hit on the Head?

    • E - Were you ever seen in the Emergency room, hospital, or by a doctor because of an injury to your head?

    • L - Did you ever Lose consciousness or experience a period of being dazed and confused because of an injury to your head?

    • P - Do you experience any of these Problems in your daily life since you hit your head?

    • S - Any significant Sicknesses?



Concussion Protocol and Things to Watch For Over Time  

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TN TBI Services Directory and Resource Information Guide

 

 

TN TBI Service Coordination Program

There are currently eight Service Coordinators (see list) located in various non-profit agencies across the state. The Service Coordinator’s role is to work with persons with brain injury and their family to access current needs. The goal of service coordination is to improve the quality of life for persons with brain injury.

  Service Coordination services are provided free of charge, services include:

  Develops a comprehensive plan of care

  Provides referrals to available resources

  Coordinates services for individual client advocacy

  Bridges gaps in the service delivery system.

Virtual and In-person Brain Injury Support Groups have been established across the state. To learn more about services call 1-800-882-0611.



Children's Safety Network Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Guide




Healthcare Providers YouTube Playlist:  A helpful collection of videos for Healthcare Providers featuring information such as Research Support, Toolkit Trainings, and the 6 Types of Concussions.

Healthcare Providers YouTube Playlist:  A helpful collection of videos for Healthcare Providers featuring information such as Research Support, Toolkit Trainings, and the 6 Types of Concussions.

CDC Report to Congress On the Management of TBI in Children  Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children is a significant public health problem in the United States. A traumatic brain injury disrupts the normal function of the brain, and can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a related injury.

The Report details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. The report also:

  • Identifies gaps in care
  • Provides opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and
  • Highlights key policy strategies to address the short and long-term consequences of a TBI.