Module 3 – Lesson 1: Overview

This lesson will explore the following topics:

The purpose of this lesson is to acquaint the student with the medical aspects of traumatic brain injury. This lesson will explain the epidemiology, etiology, and costs associated with treating a brain injury. This lesson will describe the anatomy of the brain and introduce the student to the Glasgow Coma Scale.

  • Introduce the student to the medical concepts of traumatic brain injury
  • Explain the epidemiology and etiology of brain injury
  • Acquaint the student with the anatomy of the brain
  • Expose the student to Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Describe the classification of brain injury

Learning Activities

1. Listen to the audio lecture “Management of Individuals Status Post Brain Injury: Impact on Life Care Planning” by Dr. Richard Bonfiglio. Click here for Management of Individuals (Part 1)Click here for Management of Individuals (Part 2). Click here for PDF notes of the lecture.

In this audio lecture, Dr. Bonfiglio discusses the management of an individual’s status post traumatic brain injury and the impact on life care planning. He reviews the incidence, etiology, injury severity, and measurement of the extent of the injury. He reviews the acute management of TBI as well as the rehabilitation and long- term management of TBI.

2. Read: (Click text links below)

3. Read: Chapter 13: “Life Care Planning for Acquired Brain Injury” (pgs. 350-358) in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition)

In this portion of the chapter, Ripley and Weed introduce the reader to acquired brain injury. Various definitions of a brain injury are noted. The authors discuss the epidemiology, etiology and costs associated with treatment of a brain injury. The anatomy of the brain and injury classifications are reviewed. Initial treatment and rehabilitation care are presented. Creating a life care plan for an individual with a brain injury can be difficult because the insult may affect many areas of functioning.

4. Read: Pgs. 465-502, Chapter 18 of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition 2011, or pgs. 529- 534 of Chapter 22: “Life Care Planning for the Child with Acquired Brain Injury” in Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, First Edition.This part of Chapter 18 reviews the diagnosis of head injury and the incidence and prevalence of the injury. It also discusses medical classifications, long-term impairments, initial care, and brain swelling and increased intercranial pressure.

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