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A Novel Tool to Guide Reintegration of Anesthesiologists Into Clinical and Academic Work After Concussion

Hatton, Kevin W. MD, FCCM*; Bacon, J. David MD*; McKinney, Katherine MD, MS; Schell, Randall M. MD, MACM*

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000957
Educational Tool

Concussion is a common form of mild traumatic brain injury that can cause somatic, cognitive, and behavioral impairments lasting days to weeks. There are no published guidelines or recommendations to facilitate the safe and successful reintegration of anesthesiologist clinicians and trainees into clinical and academic work after concussion. We developed a simple 4-phase postconcussion recovery protocol for anesthesiologists who have suffered concussion and describe the successful use of this postconcussion recovery protocol to support reintegration of an Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine fellow who developed mild concussion during vacation leave.

From the Departments of *Anesthesiology

Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Accepted for publication November 26, 2018.

Funding: Internal support from Department of Anesthesiology only.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Kevin W. Hatton, MD, FCCM, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky, N-222 UKMC, 800 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40536. Address e-mail to

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