Here’s a great site that answers a lot of questions about Traumatic Brain Injury. I’ve condensed the article to show the quick facts about TBI, but feel free to visit the site for a more comprehensive report.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet
1. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths.
2. Every day, 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI.
3. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury).
4. In 2010, about 2.5 million Emergency Room visits, hospitalizations, or deaths were associated with TBI.
5. In 2010, TBI contributed to the deaths of more than 50,000 people.
6. From 2006–2010, falls were the leading cause of TBI, accounting for 40% of all TBIs in the United States that resulted in an Emergency Room visit, hospitalization, or death.
7. Among TBI-related deaths in 2006–2010, men were nearly three times as likely to die as women.
8. Among non-fatal TBI-related injuries for 2006–2010, men had higher rates of TBI hospitalizations and Emergency Room visits than women.
9. Among non-fatal TBI-related injuries for 2006–2010, falls were the leading cause of TBI-related Emergency Room visits for every age group.
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