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This module discusses the identification and diagnosis of numerous types of head traumas.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of a traumatic brain injury
  • Differentiate between mild, moderate to severe head injuries
  • Identify signs and symptoms relating to cerebral edema and herniation syndromes
  • Identify different types of traumatic brain injuries


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