US Army TBI Program Validates Care Services

The Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division of the U.S. Army implemented a program for all Army Medical Department Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that care for soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) of varying severity. This is a validation program designed to establish a consistent method of care across MTFs. Consistency means that services, facilities, and staffing numbers are similar across MTFs. This program was developed as a result of the TBI task force report.

Categories identified by the program include: providing inpatient and outpatient care for TBI patients, despite the severity of the injury; providing inpatient and outpatient care for those with mild and moderate TBIs; providing outpatient and rehabilitative care for TBI patients; and providing outpatient care as well as referral services for soldiers with mild TBI.

Education is an important tool when helping patients rehabilitate an injury. Staff at the Proponency Office for Rehabilitation and Reintegration are working on patient education tools to aid in that process. These tools include techniques to help TBI patients recover from their injuries and are to be used under the direction of a doctor. Education and the standardization of TBI-related medical services have the potential to help many military TBI patients.

Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center. (http://www.armymedicine.army.mil/r2d/tbiprg.html)

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