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Speaking at a forum on concussion held at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute in Dublin last weekend, Dr Colin Doherty said the guidelines will assist in the recognition and management of mild traumatic brain injury and operate within a national health and social framework across all sporting disciplines in Ireland.
Dr Doherty, Consultant Neurologist at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, commented: “The first part of this process is to get experts on their own representing themselves, their expertise as individuals, ie, clinicians, scientists, therapists. The idea is to then get the experts together, get them to draw a set of proposals and then have the organisations sign up.
“One of the things we’d like to do in this group is come up with a common educational and communications platform… ”
The guideline development expert group was selected on the basis of their interest in various sports and scientific interest and knowledge.
Dr Doherty added: “I’d like to get the Government involved. From a public health point of view, it’s important that we all do exactly the same thing for every child in the country and that every practitioner has the same information.”
He said a national set of guidelines would assist GPs and the wider medical profession to promote better diagnosis, monitoring and prevention of concussion.
“What we’re going to have is a set of tools for every practitioner in the country; for every parent and GP who is standing [by the side-line and] is going to know exactly what to do.
“‘When does this person need to go to hospital? When do they need a scan? When do they need to go to a national centre that we might have in Dublin?’ That’s the whole idea.”
CRIG, which was established in 2015, is a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and the Department of Neurology, St James’s Hospital.