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Online course on mild TBI free for AAP members :

November 15, 2018

Every hour, 90 pediatric patients seek care in the emergency department for traumatic brain injuries. Children are more vulnerable to changes from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and need customized recovery plans.

The AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created HEADS UP to Health Care Providers. The online continuing medical education training incorporates the new CDC evidence-based clinical guideline recommendations for diagnosing and treating pediatric mTBI.

The new material focuses on all children with mTBI. Previous training targeted only diagnosis and management of concussion in sports.

The online course includes interactive features, videos and downloadable tools to help pediatricians identify the five key recommendations to care for patients with mTBI:

  1. Do not routinely image pediatric patients to diagnose.
  2. Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI.
  3. Assess for risk factors for prolonged recovery.
  4. Provide customized instructions to patients about returning to activity.
  5. Counsel patients to return gradually to non-sports activities after no more than two to three days of rest.

The course is free for AAP members. Earn up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/

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