In earlier concussion-related posts - Concussions 101 and What is the SCAT2 - we looked at what causes concussions and their symptoms and then explored the SCAT2, a world-class concussion assessment tool that we’ve integrated into the Presagia Sports Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. To refresh your memory on what the SCAT2 is and where it came from, click here.
We made the choice to integrate the SCAT2 in Presagia Sports with the ultimate goal of supporting better athlete care. Concussions have received a lot of media attention lately and the reoccurring themes are how poorly they’re often dealt with and how athletes aren’t properly reporting them. The SCAT2 allows coaches, athletic trainers or other members of the medical team working with an athlete to help prevent both scenarios. Starting with the ability to conduct baselines, athletes are engaged in a conversation about concussions, some of the symptoms that may occur and different ways in which they will be affected including short-term memory loss, unsteadiness, blurred vision, etc. The baseline assessment is also a crucial component of properly assessing if an athlete has suffered a concussion. Due to the fact that certain elements of the SCAT2 are based on subjective things like memory or coordination, it is especially valuable to have baseline values to compare a new score to. This way, the person conducting the assessment can make a return to play decision more confidently. Once an athlete has been assessed, Presagia Sports’ SCAT2 automatically produces an ‘advice to athlete’ document that can be given to the athlete or their guardian, and includes helpful information about concussions, symptoms to watch for and other important points.
Having an integrated SCAT2 in your Athlete EHR also allows the entire medical team to be notified of the event and appropriately adjust any treatment plans or medications for the concussed athlete. Certain medications should be avoided after a concussion, in particular aspirin, blood thinners or medications with codeine, so if your athlete gets a concussion at an away game, their physician at home can adjust this and have an alternative ready before the athlete even returns.
Additionally, by integrating all this information within Presagia Sports, you can see all assessments and baselines whenever you’d like. You don’t need to file them, bring a folder of baselines with you whenever traveling or dig through old tests to do a manual comparison. All of the information is as portable and accessible as your smartphone or tablet.
If you’d like more information about integrating the SCAT2, download a free copy of our whitepaper Keep Their Heads in the Game: Manage Concussion Assessments like a Pro with the SCAT2.
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