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Traumatic Brain Injury


Location:
BLDG 8740 ROOM 231

DSN Phone:
485-7296

CIV Phone:
06783-6-7296

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 0730 - 1130, 1230 - 1630

Friday: 0730 - 1130

Closed for Lunch 1130 - 1230


TBI Website Information

The Baumholder Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic is readily available to help those Service Members in need of assistance. It is an honor for us to serve those that stood selflessly in harm’s way for our freedom. Our TBI program is a Category 3 facility that provides outpatient care to those with mild to moderate TBI. This includes pre- and post-deployment screening, education, case management, mTBI occupational and physical therapy, and referrals to outlying services. We are open Monday through Thursday from 0730 – 1630 and Friday from 0730 – 1130 with the exception of federally observed holidays and training holidays.

We are a team dedicated to the rehabilitation of Service Members who have suffered a TBI and have persistent symptoms. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health of personnel who have experienced a brain injury and to ensure that soldiers return to duty in good physical and mental condition.

Working in a combat zone can sometimes lead to events that cause a Traumatic Brain Injury. A roadside explosion, bullets/fragments, motor vehicle accidents, and falls are the most common incidents that cause injury to the brain in Service Members. A mild TBI, also referred to as a concussion, can cause various physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and mental problems for an individual. Individuals with a TBI may not fully understand how the injury affects them. In much the same way bullets invade your body causing bleeding and pain, a head injury can cause adverse reactions to the brain. It is not a psychiatric illness; it is an injury that affects the body and the nervous system.

The Facts

-mTBI is one of the most common neurologic disorders.

-Males are about twice as likely as females to sustain a TBI.

-Certain military duties increase the risk of sustaining a TBI.

-Depending on the military occupational specialty (MOS), concussions can be expected to be seen in as many as 10-15% of the population returning from a combat zone.

-The core TBI components are screening, assessment, treatment, education, follow-up, and surveillance.

-More than 1 million are treated in emergency departments for TBIs.

-In most cases of diagnosed mTBI, the patient recovers fully.


FAQs

Q: How do I get an appointment in the TBI Clinic?

A: Individuals with a referral from their PCM can contact the Baumholder TBI Clinic for an appointment by dialing 06783-6-6473 or DSN: 485-6473. A person can stop by the Clinic to make an appointment; we are located at the Baumholder Health Clinic in Building 8740 Room 231. Referrals can also be made to the TBI Clinic from other services.


Q: What can I expect at my initial TBI appointment?

A: Service Members can expect to fill out questionnaires based on his or her persistent symptoms, complete an interview with a licensed nurse, receive an evaluation by a provider, and meet with the TBI case manager. All initial TBI evaluations are 90 minute appointments. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.


Q: Can my family members accompany me to my appointment?

A: Spouses are welcome to accompany their family member to TBI appointments.


Q: If I miss my scheduled follow-up appointment and need assistance, where do I go?

A: A Service Member can contact the TBI clinic directly to reschedule his or her follow-up appointment.


Q: Do I need to bring anything to my first TBI appointment?

A: Please feel free to bring any medical documents and notes that pertain to any concussions that you have had and the symptoms that you are currently experiencing.


Q: What services may a Service Member be referred to after his or her initial TBI appointment?

A: TBI patients may be referred to Optometry, mTBI Physical Therapy, mTBI Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Neurology, Speech Pathology, Radiology, Social Work Services, and other services on a case by case basis.


References


1. Kurtzke JF, Jurland LT. The epidemiology of neurologic disease. In: Joynt RJ, editor. Clinical Neurology, Rev. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott; 1993.

2. Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Thomas KE. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: Emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2006.

3. Ivins BJ, Schwab K, Warden D, Harvey S, Hoilien M, Powell J, et al. Traumatic brain injury in U.S. Army paratroopers: Prevalence and character. Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection and Critical Care 2003; 55(4): 617-21.

4. Proponency Office for Rehabilitation and Reintegration: TBI Program Validation. http://www.armymedicine.army.mil/prr; 2008.

5. Guerrero J, Thurman D, Sniezek J. Emergency department visits associated with traumatic brain injury: United States, 1995-1996. Brain Injury 2000;14(12):181-86.

6. Kushner DS. Mild traumatic brain injury, Arch Internal Medicine 1998; 158: 1617–24.


For TBI related information please use the following links:


www.traumaticbraininjuryatoz.org

www.dvbic.org


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