Injury Recovery

Concussion's Vestibular Deficits Are Common, May Predict Slower Recovery

In a recent journal article, CHOP researchers describe the prevalence of vestibular deficits in pediatric concussion patients and what recovery looks like for patients that exhibit them at initial evaluation. The vestibular system in the brain and inner ear helps us visually track and focus, maintaining our balance. It's your body's "steadycam", which we can use to help diagnose concussion and then help patients recover from these deficits.

Can Injury Pain Predict Posttraumatic Stress in Children?

New research from CIRP@CHOP suggests pain assessment using the Color Analogue Pain Scale, even during acute medical care, can play a role in screening for risk of ongoing Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.

Registration Open for CHOP's May 9 Concussion Conference

Now in its 3rd year, this one day Diagnosis and Management of Concussion conference provides continuing education for clinicians and school personnel such as athletic trainers and school nurses. Hear from CIRP experts and others on May 9, 2015.

Cellie Coping Kit for Injury: Promoting Children’s Healthy Recovery

Read about the Cellie Coping Kit for Injury, a new coping tool that is designed for children ages 6 to 12 years. This research-based kit is part of a line of tools featuring Cellie, a stuffed toy, coping cards, and a book for caregivers created by team of researchers at CHOP.

New Resource Alert: Continuing Education Courses for Nurses

To help nurses build additional skills in how to provide trauma-informed care, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress is now offering free continuing education courses on the HealthCareToolbox.org website.These trainings are based on the “DEF Protocol” which helps nurses address distress, emotional support, and family needs in a systematic manner.

What Nurses Know About Trauma-informed Care

Nurses play a key role in children’s physical and psychological recovery from injury. We are often the first to recognize and respond to the emotional impact of injury on families. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing provides the first systematic look at what nurses think and do with regard to trauma-informed care for children.

Pediatric Concussion Study: Current Recommendations for Rest Are Still Best

While a new study in Pediatrics confirms current best practice, media headlines might confuse families and healthcare providers. Here are messages to reaffirm.

Characteristics of Prolonged Concussion Recovery for Children

I recently co-authored a research article in the Journal of Pediatrics that identified pre-existing characteristics associated with prolonged recovery from concussions for children and youth (ages 5-18 years). Readers can use these data to further study risk factors for prolonged recovery, and to help with decision-making and care planning for concussion patients.

Consider This Framework for Treating PTS in Children After Acute Medical Trauma

Working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I have been impressed by our medical teams’ efforts to support children and families by paying attention to both their physical treatment and recovery, as well as their emotional recovery. In assessing our patients for medical treatment, many questions need to be answered for our team to help promote optimal recovery and to minimize negative emotional reactions such as posttraumatic stress. We recently developed a new model to help organize our thought processes and questions around recovery from medical events and to fuel future research in understanding factors that are associated with child outcomes.

Join CIRP for a Twitter Chat on Head Injuries in Children

CIRP@CHOP's Kristy Arbogast, PhD and Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE will be expert participants in a December 2nd Twitter Chat on sports-related head injuries in children, tweeting under the handle @safetymd. The chat will cover the latest concussion research, advocacy efforts, education about protecting young athletes, signs and symptoms of concussions, and treatment options.

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