March TBI Awareness Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
3D Printed Face Shield VA
VA produces 3D printed face shields for clinical use during COVID-19 pandemic
Virtual Tech for Wheelchairs
Until recently, Veterans who needed to be fitted for a new wheelchair were required to physically go to the Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
Polytrauma/TBI System of Care
VA’s Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs dedicated to serving Veterans and Service Members with both combat and civilian related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and polytrauma. Services available through PCS include: interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment, development of a comprehensive plan of care, case management, patient and family education and training, psychosocial support, and application of advanced rehabilitation treatments and prosthetic technologies. (Learn more about the Polytrauma TBI System of Care ...)
TBI is a common occurrence and a major health concern. The brain is highly vulnerable to damage as a consequence of falls, motor vehicle accidents, or assaults. More recently, the concerns about TBI related to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and about sports concussions have led to increased interest in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TBI related health conditions. (Learn More About TBI ...)
What is Polytrauma?
When TBI is associated with a significant secondary injury (amputation, burn, fractures) or with mental health conditions (post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, substance use), the resulting “polytrauma” can have devastating effects that compound those seen in TBI alone.
In the recent military conflicts, polytrauma is primarily caused by proximity to an explosive event. Advances in military medicine and protective gear have help save lives. Rehabilitation works to optimize recovery and facilitate return to independent living and higher quality of life. (Learn More About Polytrauma...)
VA maintains ongoing collaboration with the Defense TBI Center of Excellence (TBICoE) and National Institutes of Health to advance TBI research, education, policy and Clinical management.
Collaborations with Strategic Partners
The collaboration with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) TBIMS Program led to the creation of the VA TBIMS Research Program in 2010. This program enables VA to perform multi-center research protocols in collaboration with 16 academic TBIMS centers.