Brain injury is a complex diagnosis affecting individuals of all ages and causing a varied presentation based on location, severity and type of injury. As rehabilitation professionals, it is critical that cognitive, sensory, and social issues be considered in addition to physical presentation. Intervention in the acute phase can have a significant impact on long-term outcomes. Likewise, awareness of chronic issues in TBI management should drive intervention even in the acute and subacute settings.
This course will review the basics in brain injury to set the stage for a deeper look at primary and secondary impairments, pharmacological management, and rehabilitation for a holistic approach to patient care. As medical advances warrant treatment earlier and with more intense focus, a comprehensive team approach is critical to maximizing patient recovery and reintegration into life over the long-term recovery path. Through lecture and case-based format, this course will provide a systemic approach to management of the client following brain injury. Practical application of evidence and clinical integration will be supported through case examples to provide you with tools to take back to your clinic tomorrow.
After this course, participants will be able to:
• Identify neuroanatomical pathology related to clinical presentation
• Identify primary and secondary effects of brain injury
• Discuss medical and pharmacological management relative to acute brain injury and promoting recovery
• Review issues related to the aging brain injury
• Review new data in brain injury management
• Explain presentation and treatment strategies of all levels of brain injury using the Ranchos Los Amigos scale
• Identify underlying impairments affecting primary functional limitations observed as well as strategies to address and treat those
PT, OT ST, and RN staff will also be able to:
• Develop treatment plan inclusive of outcome measure and behavior shaping strategies for individuals fowling brain injury
• Evaluate patients following brain injury of appropriate comprehensive treatment planning
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP, and RN clinical designations.