Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from mild, (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to severe (an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia) after the injury. In Rhode Island, the majority of TBIs that are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. (more)
Since 2007, Rhode Island law mandates a Traumatic Brain Injury Registry of TBI diagnosed in the emergency department or in an inpatient unit. Cases must be reported to the Deparment of Health within 14 days of diagnosis.
All TBI survivors are sent an informational packet from the Rhode Island Department of Health.