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#5: Improve early detection of traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Subtopic Title: Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment and Treatment

Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) continues to be a significant issue due to IEDs, blasts, and/or blunt trauma. The Army medical community needs to be able to promptly assess, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate Warfighters who have been exposed to ballistic, blast, and blunt traumatic events. Develop tools for Combat Medics that accurately and objectively assess Soldiers with mild to moderate TBI up to 24 hours post injury improving Soldier diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and return to duty without increasing personnel or administrative burden, achieving a biomedical TRL 6 or greater. Additionally, these tools will provide improved information for leaders regarding their Warfighter's diagnosis, prognosis and outlook for return to duty following exposure to ballistic, blast and/or blunt traumatic events. Rapidly conduct in-field screenings and assessments to ensure more rapid and appropriate treatment to improve short and long term outcomes of mild and moderate TBI. Conceptually, technologies are unlimited and can include but are not limited to ocular, vestibular, and cognitive modalities.

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