Module 3 – Lesson 2: Overview

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This lesson will explore the following topics:

This lesson will familiarize the student with the possible sequelae and potential complications of a traumatic brain injury. This lesson will discuss how to include potential complications in a life care plan.

  • Describe the functional outcomes most commonly exhibited by patients within each category of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Explain the potential complications of traumatic brain injury

Learning Activities

1. Listen to the audio lecture “Sequelae and Potential Complications of Traumatic Brain Injury”. Click here for PDF notes of the lecture.

In this audio lecture, Dr. Carol Walker discusses the potential sequelae and complications of traumatic brain injury. Assessments of severity, lesion characteristics, and variables affecting outcomes are also addressed.

2. Read (Click on text link) Recognizing the Sequelae of Closed Head Trauma

3. Read Chapter 13: “Life Care Planning for Acquired Brain Injury” (pgs. 358-361) in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition)

Life Care Planners should become familiar with the potential complications that can result from a traumatic brain injury. This section of Chapter 13 addresses common medical complications associated with TBI. The following complications are presented: cranial, endocrine disorders, pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and cognitive problems.

4. Read: Pgs. 465-502, Chapter 18 of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition 2011, or pgs. 534- 538 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 this chapter discusses some chronic issues that can be problems for individuals with pediatric brain injury.

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