Head Injury Grants

Primary Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)

Invested $5,800 in a six-month pilot risk reduction program for caregivers of 650 infants in the NICU at CNMC during July to December 2009 using the “Period of PURPLE Crying” information of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome’s evidence-based AHT program. Includes full color 11 page booklets, 10 minute DVD, food, supplies & PREVENT Institute team training.

Improving Acute Identification and Management of Children and Adolescents with Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Invested $10,000 in the development of the Pediatric Acute Concussion evaluation (PACE) Prescriptive Management Guidelines for use by healthcare practitioners in their acute treatment of children and adolescents with concussion/mild traumatic brain injuries. The guidelines will provide the essential prevention and intervention activities for the appropriate and safe recovery of the individual patient.

Advancing Pediatric Clinical Care

Development of an Innovative Model Program for the Treatment of Children with Traumatic Brain Injuries (Department of Neuropsychology) – Invested $8,580 in the development of a model system utilizing technology to advance clinical care to pediatric patients within the SCORE program (Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education). Will purchase Tablet PC computers that will generate individualized evaluation and intervention plans for children with concussions.

“Follow-up, Acute Care and Concussion Education (FACE) for Disadvantaged Children in the District of Columbia”

Invested $19,954.28 to support concussion care in three significant ways. This grant will help convert the Acute Concussion Evaluation tool in charting software. Currently this tool is in writing and is rarely utilized in the ED. In addition, the grant will support the incorporation of the diagnostic tool into the Children’s Hospital electronic medical record. This will allow use of the tool for early diagnosis of concussion in the ED. It will also allow for dissemination of the tool to other EDs providing care to underserved children in our region (specifically, United Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital, which share the same electronic medical platform). Lastly, for patients diagnosed with concussion, discharge instructions will be provided to patients and parents/caregivers, in both printed format and electronic version on a website for download capability onto smart phones. A link will be created at the point of diagnosis to a program for follow-up with primary care physicians, school nurses and other school health professionals and athletic trainers for concussion and its management.
Our Board has provided grants to support initiatives and programs such as:

  • Primary Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)
  • Improving Acute Identification and Management of Children and Adolescents with Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Advancing Pediatric Clinical Care: Development of an Innovative Model Program for the Treatment of Children with Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Follow-up, Acute Care and Concussion Education (FACE) for Disadvantaged Children in the District of Columbia