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Brain Injury Program

Acquired brain injury (ABI) occurs when a sudden, external, physical assault damages the brain. Some brain injuries are mild, with symptoms disappearing over time with proper attention. Others are more severe and may result in permanent disability. The long-term or permanent results of brain injury may require post-injury and possibly lifelong rehabilitation. Effects of brain injury may include paralysis, poor balance, confusion, communication issues and more.

Touro Rehabilitation Center’s Brain Injury Program has both outpatient and inpatient services in the Neurological Rehabilitation Center at Touro including a staff certified rehab nurses and physicians, specialized wheelchairs, outings and activities to reintroduce patients into the community and family housing.

Referral Information

Brain Injury referrals are accepted based on specific patient qualifications. For additional information on referring a patient to the brain injury program, please call (504) 897-8560 or email BrainInjuryProgram@touro.com.

Program Services
Patients who have experienced a brain injury work with an individualized treatment team that is specially-trained in head injury rehabilitation.

The physiatrist, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, manages the interdisciplinary group that includes: the patient, family members, rehabilitation nurses, rehabilitation counselors, case managers, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and therapeutic recreation specialists. In addition, the team may include dietitians, neuropsychologists, respiratory therapists and a chaplain. Additional medical and surgical specialties are easily accessible at Touro Infirmary, a full-service hospital.

Touro BI program also offers:

• Secure locked unit
• Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses
• Behavior Modification Plans
• Specialized wheelchairs
• Specialized therapy equipment (tilt table, body weight support system, standing frame, FES bike, nustep)
• Technology integrated therapy (ipads, Wii)
• Community reintegration/Therapeutic Community Outings
• Vital Stim (non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy for the treatment of swallowing difficulties)
• Low vision clinic
• Easy Alley (simulated community environment)
Monthly brain injury education day
Family Housing

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