Since 1986, the BTF dedicated its mission to improving TBI patient outcomes worldwide by developing best practice guidelines, conducting clinical research, and educating medical professionals and consumers.
Research proves that not all brain damage occurs at the moment of impact, but rather it evolves over the ensuing hours and days after the initial injury due to swelling and inadequate oxygen and blood flow to the injured brain. In most cases, this secondary damage can be controlled by applying BTF’s scientific, evidence-based diagnostic and treatment Guidelines that BTF developed alongside medical organizations and physicians with expertise in TBI.
BTF continues to conduct clinical research to provide solutions and raise public awareness and understanding about concussion and TBI. By educating healthcare professionals on the immediate care for coma patients, BTF furthers this commitment and estimate that thousands of lives could be saved each year in the U.S., as well as millions worldwide, and more could be spared life-long disabilities.
- Established the first international Guidelines education and patient tracking sites in Eastern Europe with a grant from the Open Society Institute, which demonstrated a significant reduction in deaths following compliance with the program’s goals
- Developed the first training program to improve pre-hospital TBI care in the U.S. by implementing a comprehensive plan to reach 600,000 ambulance personnel in every states
- Developed the first curriculum for military medical personnel based on the TBI Guidelines
- Established the first state TBI trauma-center tracking and compliance network in New York with the New York State Department of Health; similar networks throughout the U.S., Colombia, and India followed
- Produced research to study the neurobiology of mild TBI (concussion), and to developed diagnosis methods and therapeutic interventions with financial support from the James S. McDonnell Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that BTF’s Guidelines would decrease deaths by 50 percent, improved quality of life, and save $3.8 billion a year in the U.S. if used routinely
Educating Health Care Professionals
BTF offers updated continuing education activities for all levels of health care professionals caring for TBI patients. The online activities include recorded presentations, live web-based lectures, and interactive learning modules based on the latest scientific-evidence. Also available on the BTF Learning Portal is an online version of the EMS course developed in coordination with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.