Pediatric Neural Trauma: Searching for Concepts to Inform Our Care

This presentation will review the evolution of current concepts in neural trauma that have led to our approaches to the treatment of moderate and severe nervous system injury.  Emphasis will be placed on the distinctions between common interventions that are strongly data driven versus those that are less well supported.

This presentation was originally recorded at CRASH: Injury and the Child, May 15, 2015 Chicago, IL.

Medium: Video with PPT, eLearning

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for primary care providers and specialists interested in injury prevention, treatment of acute injury, and recovery from injury for pediatric patients.

 

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Describe the complexities involved in neural trauma;
  • Compare the distinctions between treatments of nervous system trauma that are biologically well supported versus those that are empirical in nature versus those not well supported at all;
  • Summarize the practical interventions that are currently available for brain and spine traumatic injury.

 

Additional information
ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Systems-based Practice
Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Participation
Activity opens: 
07/30/2015
Activity expires: 
07/30/2016

David M. Frim, MD, PhD

David M. Frim, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinical neurosurgeon and neurosciences researcher who specializes in the care of children and adults with congenital neurosurgical problems. In addition, his clinical interests extend to the treatment of brain and spine tumors, epilepsy, and pediatric spine disorders. His innovative approaches to hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and myelodysplasia/tethered cord syndrome attract patient referrals from national and international sources.

Dr. Frim performs the following neurosurgical procedures with expertise whether treating problems that are simple or complex:

  • Craniotomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Skull base surgery
  • Spinal cord untethering
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Hydrocephalus shunting
  • Pediatric disc removal or spinal fusion

Dr. Frim has built a large, well-respected clinical practice that encompasses all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery with an added emphasis on adults with “pediatric” or congenital problems. In addition, he has developed expertise in brain and spine tumors (especially tumors associated with genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis with acoustic neuroma), endoscopic and stereotactic brain surgery and surgical epilepsy.

An active medical researcher and educator, Dr. Frim serves as principal investigator on laboratory and clinical studies related to brain injury, intracranial pressure dynamics, and cognitive outcome after treatment of hydrocephalus and Chiari syndrome. He has received support from the National Institutes of Health and other sources for these projects. Dr. Frim has also served as Residency Program Training Director in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago and maintains a busy schedule of lectures and educational presentations on neurosurgical topics.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

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