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
TBI Toolkit for Healthcare Providers: Brain Links 2nd Edition 2021
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 sections, Reference 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.
- Download the Research Summary and References
- Access the Healthcare Providers YouTube Playlist
- Download free Patient and Family Friendly Resources
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 email@example.com with the subject line Healthcare Providers Toolkit Certificate.
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
Screenings & Tools
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Tools
Post Concussion Symptom Inventories (PCSI)
- 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?
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.
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.