Traumatic Brain Injury Seizure Prophylaxis

Description

The military working environment can be dangerous, especially in combat situations, and exposes service members to hazards not routinely experienced by civilians.  This is evident in the rates of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which are significantly higher in veterans than in the civilian population.  Post-traumatic seizures (PTS) are a sequela of TBI that can have both short and long term physiological consequences.  Therefore, prevention of PTS should be a goal of therapy within any pharmaceutical care plan related to patients with TBI.   Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are an important treatment modality for the prevention of PTS and military pharmacists are uniquely positioned in deployed operations to ensure that they are utilized effectively and safely.  The primary focus of this session is to present evidence for the use of AEDs for the prevention of PTS in TBI in order to achieve the best patient outcomes. 

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the severity of a TBI based on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).
  2. List the risk factors for early Post Traumatic Seizure (PTS).
  3. Recognize the most effective and safe Anti Epileptic Drug (AED) following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for preventing PTS based on primary literature.
  4. State the most effective duration of AED treatment following a TBI for preventing PTS based on primary literature.
  5. Identify the therapeutic drug range for phenytoin.

 

Technician Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. State the incidence of post traumatic seizure in patients that have experienced a traumatic brain injury.
  2. List the risk factors for early Post Traumatic Seizure (PTS).
  3. Identify the therapeutic drug range for phenytoin.

 

 
 
 
Speakers:
Sean
Sean Meredith,
Canadian Forces
 
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Clinical Patient Care
Session Time Slot(s): 
Date: 
Wednesday, September 13
Time: 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Room: 
Rosen Shingle Creek - Wekiwa 9/10
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-17-180-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .1
ACPE Pharmacy Technician: 0202-0000-17-180-L01-T
CEUs Pharmacy Technician: .1
Activity Type:
Knowledge-based