The Rhode Island Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Service Linkage Program (TBISLP) collects Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) data to get an understanding of comprehensive system of injury, surveillance and linkage. TBISLP utilize surveillance data to track the incidence of TBI in Rhode Island, identify survivors of TBI and connect these survivors, their families and caregivers with appropriate community-based services and supports. TBISLP provides informational packets to all individuals enrolled in the TBI Registry. The packet includes an injury appropriate letter acknowledging the individualís visit to the hospital regarding a head injury, an injury corresponding fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control titled: Heads Up: Preventing Concussions or What You Can Do To Prevent Falls & a brochure from Healthís Office of Special Health Care Needs titled Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury including a list of available resources for survivors and families in the state of Rhode Island.
On July 1, 2007 The Rhode Island Traumatic Brain Injury Registry of the General Laws of Rhode Island became effective. The regulation mandate hospitals within the state to report all cases of TBI diagnosed through inpatient and emergency departments to the RI Department of Health within fourteen days of diagnoses. As a part of this notification, hospitals are required to send the following data: Principal Diagnosis, Cause of Injury, Place of Incident, Type of Discharge, Dates of Admission/Discharge, Patient Demographics: Name, Address, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Gender, Ethnicity & Race.
The presentation will educate the audience about the status of TBI in RI and outline the numbers, incidence, leading causes, and principal diagnosis of TBI in RI using the 2009 TBI Registry data. The presentation will demonstrate how state and community leaders support TBI in RI and how data can be used to drive prevention and statewide policy.