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Flora M. Hammond, M.D. Joins Medical Issues Panel of BIAA /Mount Sinai TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2014   CONTACT: Stephanie S. Hale, BAA, Marketing Public Relations and Marketing Off.: 317-329-2093 Cell: 317-626-2910 stephanie.hale@rhin.com         Flora M. Hammond, M.D.… Read More

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Reducing Hard Landings and High Costs: Reliable Assessment of Need for Constant Visual Observation in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury October 16th, 2011

PI Primary site: Anne Moessner, Mayo Clinic; PIs Other Sites: James Malec, RHI; Audrey Schmerzler, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center, NY; Lynne Genter, Ohio State University; Brenda Lenox, Moss Rehab, Philadelphia; Julia Marton, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Dallas; Deann Roberts, TIRR, Houston; Scott Beveridge, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Co-investigators: Mary Gordon, Leann Scroggins, Nancy Diehl, Mayo Clinic; Jason VandeVen, Mount Sinai; Mark Williams, Amy Horter, RHI; Tracy Shoemaker, Ohio State; study support at RHI provided by the RHI Foundation

This study, led by Mayo Clinic, involves researchers at prominent brain injury rehabilitation centers across the U.S. including the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.  Patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) admitted to inpatient rehabilitation often present with considerable cognitive, behavioral and physical deficits.  Patient safety is a national health care priority and of paramount interest to brain rehabilitation providers.  Adhering to least restrictive guidelines, brain rehabilitation centers from around the country increasingly use ancillary staff (nursing assistants, patient care attendants, sitters, coaches) to provide constant visual observation (CVO) as a less physically restrictive safety intervention.  This practice is costly.  However, once patients with TBI are placed on CVO, they are often not weaned in a regimented or timely manner.  Accepted guidelines and methods for starting and stopping CVO are not available.  The purpose of this study is to develop and validate an assessment tool to assess the need for CVO or other less restrictive safety interventions for adults with TBI.  Preliminary work by study investigators in creating such a tool notably enhanced interdisciplinary team communication about patient safety and showed promise identifying patients who: (1) needed CVO, (2) were ready to be safely weaned off CVO, or (3) benefitted from other customary safety measures such as frequent nursing checks or bed alarms.  This study intends to build on this work.