The Rehab Continuum

Strategies for Managing Complex Injury Claims

Due to the ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting our annual Rehab Continuum as a webinar this year.  

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Webinar 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon CDT

Disorders of Consciousness in Severe Brain Injury: Translating Evidence into Practice

presented by Dr. Brooke Murtaugh, OTD, OTR/L, CBIST

Disorder of Consciousness (DOC) is a complex and misunderstood phenomenon. These patients are often given little hope of recovery and nihilistic prognosis from their medical teams. Recent evidence demonstrates that a high percentage of these patients demonstrate significant progress and achieve quality of life months and years post injury. Published evidence-based recommendations emphasize the importance of access to rehabilitation to promote optimal outcomes. This course will focus on defining DOC and examine the evidence and recommendations regarding acute and post-acute care for these patients. This presentation will also review the long-term outcomes of the DOC population and highlight the importance of access to high quality DOC rehabilitation programs and the characteristics of those programs.

 Dr. Murtaugh is a graduate of Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where she received her bachelor’s in Health Science. She then received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2004. She began working as an occupational therapist at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in 2006. Brooke serves as Madonna’s brain injury program manager and continues to practice as a clinician, primarily consulting on and treating the DOC population. She received her national certification as a Brain Injury Specialist in 2009 and Brain Injury National Specialist Trainer from the Brain Injury Association of America in 2016. Brooke is responsible for coordinating the care and rehabilitation programs serving Madonna’s brain injury population across the continuum of care at both the Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska campuses. She has presented numerous presentations on brain injury rehabilitation throughout the Midwest region.

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