Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 2016

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Page 6 of 39 Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 | 5 Medical Advances Traumatic Brain Injury their treatment. Sgt. Miller went home with an info paper on headaches as well as orders to continue to only take part in moderate activity, as recommended by following the "Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild TBI" clinical recommendation. Three weeks after his injury, Sgt. Miller appeared to be symptom-free. He returned to full activity. Follow Up and On-going Research Like most people who get a concussion, Sgt. Miller had few lingering symptoms. He experienced some light insomnia and consulted with his doctor, who followed the guidelines in the "Management of Sleep Disturbances Following Concussion/Mild TBI Clinical Suite" and recommended that Sgt. Miller order a DVBIC Warfighter Sleep Kit. During that visit, Sgt. Miller also saw a flier posted on a hospital bulletin board, recruiting for one of the 63 current research studies managed by DVBIC, and called the contact number. DVBIC was built upon the type of research Sgt. Miller called about. The center's founding national director, Dr. Andres Salazar, was part of the Vietnam Head Injury Study, one of the first of its kind to take an epidemiological look at traumatic brain injuries. In the past decade, DVBIC launched a "15-Year Study," which is actually a collection of three long-term studies; two examining the natural history of TBI in service members and veterans and one that looks at the concerns of family caregivers of moderate/severe TBI patients. By participating in ongoing research, Sgt. Miller may help experts better understand the course of TBI or improve treatments for service members who follow after him. "For all the knowledge we've gained over the years," said Dr. Saafan Malik, DVBIC Research director, "we still need to understand the natural history of TBI. We need to understand its progression." The DVBIC research team is also involved in testing assessment tools, treatment methods and even equipment that can help TBI sufferers. Soldiers with much more severe injuries than Sgt. Miller rely (whether they know it or not) on the outcome of those studies and the tools and treatments they spawn. Looking Ahead One more thing about Sgt. Miller: He isn't real. Sgt. Miller is a composite, an example of the ways DVBIC impacts the lives of all who've sustained a TBI in the military. However, the support service members receive from DVBIC is very real. The center has 11 sites on military installations from Alaska to Landstuhl, Germany, and sites at four Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. Regional education coordinators are based at each site, as are DVBIC recovery support specialists (experts who assist in navigating complex military, medical and government systems). DVBIC is wide- spread in the military medical community and employs national experts in the field of TBI. Its national director currently serves as the chair of the Defense Department TBI Advisory Committee. DVBIC focuses on improving the treatment of TBI and the lives of those recovering from it. Its three pillars of education, clinical affairs and research, help service members prevent TBI, recognize it when one occurs and, in the end, ensure military medicine uses the best, evidence-based treatments available. "I can't imagine how a service member could see a provider in the military that hasn't received training from DVBIC in some way," said Livingston. Sked ® Complete Rescue System * A litter for evacuating wounded soldiers. * A carrier for dragging equipment (mortar rounds, ammo, etc.) * Also used for breaching concertina wire Tel: 1-800-770-SKED (7533) Scan for more I n f o r m a t i o n Skedco Inc. Est. 1981 Made in USA to save our troops wherever they are. The Sked does multiple duties: Katie Stout Saafan Malik Scott Livingston

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