M. S. Vavilala, M.D.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. First responders play an important role in early detection and treatment of TBI. Early recognition and timely management of TBI by first responders is essential to providing appropriate triage for TBI patients, for preventing secondary insults after TBI and to improving outcomes in patients with TBI. There is a need for statewide education on TBI recognition and early management of patients with TBI aimed towards first responders. Our aims are to: 1) understand existing first responder TBI curriculum content and delivery, 2) examine first responder needs for TBI education, and 3) examine deficiencies and potential opportunities for innovative TBI education for first responders. We will pilot the curriculum, get feedback and refine the final product. Our overall goal is to use information learned from the aims to develop a first responder curriculum in Washington State. We envision an educational bundle that includes a portable electronic curriculum, webinars, question and answers, and other innovative educational tools to achieve our goal. CME opportunities may be available for this curriculum. Partnership with a first responder in the development of this curriculum will increase the likelihood that the curriculum developed will be relevant for clinical use by end users (first responders). The purpose of this project is to develop a first responder training that covers all areas of TBI that are needed to effectively deal with people with TBI.