To strengthen University Hospitals’ concussion management program, the university recently announced it has added primary care concussion specialists and physical therapists to the program, according to a press release.
According to Christopher Bailey, PhD, director of the University Hospital (UH) Concussion Management Program and assistant professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, the standards of care for concussion are always advancing. The University Hospital Concussion Management Program has developed education training programs for North East Ohio primary care physicians who receive certification from the hospital on the management of concussions.
In June, 36 physical therapists representing every UH medical center location comprised the first group in the nation to complete the ImPACT testing physical therapist course. Additionally, several UH members offered concussion education to 28 primary care physicians who practice in North East Ohio.
“Primary care physicians not involved in sports medicine typically have not received training in concussion care. There also have been many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion, but if you weren’t based in sports medicine, you might not have been exposed to that knowledge,” Todd Zeiger, MD, vice president of the UH Primary Care Institute, said in the release. “We felt it imperative for our non-sports physicians to be educated in the diagnosis and treatment protocol for concussions.”
According to Susannah Briskin, MD, co-director of the UH Concussion Management Program, UH is planning a Level I trauma center at the UH Case Medical Center for next year, which will likely result in additional head-injured patients entering the system.