Brain injury awareness activities planned in March

By Europe Regional Medical Command Public Affairs
March 1, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Army medical facilities throughout Europe are teaming up with military communities in March to create awareness of brain injuries that may impact Soldiers, Family members and others.

“Though Traumatic Brain Injury is considered the signature injury of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, many other types of brain injuries can affect Soldiers and Families,” said Dr. Maria Crane, director of the Europe Regional Medical Command’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program. “We want to draw attention to them.”

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center has a variety of activities planned. An information table will be set up at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 14-18 outside the dining facility. TBI screening staff and neurology department nurse practitioners will be available to answer questions. Tote bags containing concussion and helmet-fitting hand-outs, the handheld brains and a pen will be available. Take a TBI quiz to become eligible to compete in a drawing every day for a “Brain Helmet.” LRMC's medical librarian will also set up a table with some of the latest TBI publications and a brain injury virtual Library.

Professional discussions known as “Grand Rounds” will be also conducted at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center March 31 for clinical providers to discuss brain injuries.

At Vogelweh Elementary March 29-31, six 30 minute presentations will be held for 150 fourth grade students that focus on the brain's function. An “egg-drop” brain safety display with and without helmet will be used to emphasize the need for proper fitting helmets.

Brain Injury Awareness Month displays and activities are planned at most of the 18 Army medical facilities throughout Europe. Army medical facilities, local AFN affiliates and garrison newspapers will announce dates and times for radio talk shows about brain injuries, information display locations and schedules, and other activities.

For more information and resources on brain injuries and Brain Injury Awareness Month, visit these Web sites:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
www.dvbic.org/

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health
and Traumatic Brain Injury
www.dcoe.health.mil/

After-Deployment Web site
www.afterdeployment.org

Brainline
www.brainline.org

Europe Regional Medical Command Web page
http://ermc.amedd.army.mil