Alabama Head and Spinal Cord Injury Registry

What is the Alabama Head and Spinal Cord Injury Registry?

The Alabama Head and Spinal Cord Injury Registry (AHSCIR) is a service linkage system containing all head and spinal cord trauma reported by hospitals statewide.

Where is it?

The Alabama Trauma Registry (ATR) is housed within the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). This system contains all trauma; records pertinent to AHSCIR are housed within the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS).

Why was it created?

A study conducted in 1993 indicated that individuals with TBI don't pursue much-needed services, on average, for seven years after they are injured. Quicker intervention for these individuals would result in a quicker recovery time. To meet these needs, the AHSCIR was created. Its purpose is to:

  • link trauma survivors to much-needed resources as soon as possible after discharge
  • track surveillance of mortality and morbidity statewide
  • use information gathered to implement safety and prevention programs
  • create a toll-free resource line for questions and information others may have about TBI

When was it established?

The TBI Act (AC 98-611) was established in 1998. The largest hospitals started submitting data in 2000, and currently all hospitals are reporting.

How does it work?

Hospitals submit trauma records to ADPH. In turn, TBI and SCI records are transferred to AHSCIR , and extensively reviewed to identify mild, moderate, and severe TBI . The individuals with moderate and severe TBI and SCI are contacted by mail to inquire about their interest in services. At this point, the individual or his or her family contacts the registry to identify specific needs and is linked to applicable resources. These may be provided by ADRS or may be provided by outside agencies, including Alabama Head Injury Foundation, the Alabama Department of Senior Services, and the State Department of Education. Additionally, anyone may call the helpline number at 1-888-879-4607 at any time to receive information.