Clinical Practice Guidelines
Care of the Patient with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
AANN and ARN Clinical Practice Guideline Series
Because nurses are frequently the professionals who see the full impact of TBI and have the skills that can alter the course of a patient’s recovery, AANN and ARN have partnered to develop the Care of the Patient with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Practice Guideline. It is important for nurses to have a valuable resource to help them achieve the best possible outcomes and this guideline helps translate the latest research into an easy-to-use reference. This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence that will help registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and institutions provide safe and effective care to injured patients with a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The goal of this guideline is to offer evidence-based recommendations on nursing activities that have the potential to maximize outcomes for persons following MTBI. The evidence presented here may help nurses make appropriate choices when caring for patients with MTBI.
There is no cost to view and download this clinical practice guideline. 2.5 nursing contact hours are available upon successful completion of the post-test and the evaluation. An additional fee applies for these contact hours for non-members.
1. Describe the scope of the problem of mTBI in the U.S. and common mechanisms of injury and prevention strategies
2. Discuss the commonly used diagnostic tests for assessment of mTBI and nursing responsibilities associated with each
3. Develop an age-appropriate evidence-based nursing care plan for the assessment and care of the patient with mTBI
4. Identify three common problems experienced by a patient with mTBI and evidence-based interventions for prevention or treatment
5. Identify two resources for patients with mTBI.
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