Recognizing and Treating Mild Brain Injury

Originally presented on April 16, 2015

Kenneth L. Shapiro, M.D. Medical Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Schenectady, NY


New York State has a high prevalence of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI), with hospitals reporting over 400 TBI incidents each day (1). Results of a comprehensive needs and resources assessment among individuals with TBI, their families and service providers, revealed the need for enhanced TBI training opportunities across professional health care related disciplines to increase correct diagnosis and response to TBI. This program will focus on the incidence of mild brain injury nationally and in New York State, the populations most impacted by such injuries, and the signs and symptoms of mild brain injury, which are often subtle and may not surface until hours, days, weeks or even months after the initial injury.

(1) SPARCS Data NYSDOH 2012. Head Trauma Rehabilitation Journal, The Epidemiology & impact of TBI, Lanlois, Jean, ScD., MPH, Rutland Brown, MPH,

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms of mild TBI (mTBI)
  • Explain how practitioners can use TBI diagnostic tools such as the Acute Concussion Evaluation - "ACE" with their patients
  • Identify resources to assist in recognizing and treating mild brain injury

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until April 30, 2018.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

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This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until April 30, 2018.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

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Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until April 30, 2018.