Sunday, March 21, 2010

Brain Injury Awareness Month: CDC Reports TBI is Rising

It's Brain Injury Awareness Month... a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and reported on MedPage underlines why awareness is important...(link to study)

A couple of facts leap out:

Boys aged 4 and younger have the highest rates of TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths combined (a statistic supported by a recent study that appears in the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect: reseachers looked at deaths from child abuse in child under age 5, and found more than 50% of the victims were under age 1, and inflicted head injuries were most likely to be the cause of death...)

Assaults cause about 10% of traumatic brain injuries. They accounted for 2.9% of TBIs in children 14 and younger.

CDC Brain Injury Awareness Month - link
Brain Injury Association - link
Brain Injury Awareness Month - activity calendar - - link
Brainline Brain Injury Awareness Month video - link
March 17, 2010 was Brain Injury Awareness Day on the Hill - link
Membership Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (2009)
CDC Study Examines Rising Incidence of TBI
By Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: March 19, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) account for 1.7 million hospital visits and 52,000 deaths each year -- almost a third of the nation's injury-related fatalities, the CDC reported.

The agency's study found that the incidence rate of TBI-related emergency department visits and hospitalization increased by 14.4% and 19.5%, respectively, during the 2002-2006 survey period. About 75% of those injuries were classified as concussions or other mild forms of TBI.

Its report, entitled "Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Death," CDC found that TBIs tend to be concentrated among the young and old.

Children under 5, teens 15 to 19, and adults 65 and older are most likely to experience TBI.
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Falls were the most likely known cause of TBI (35.2%), with the highest rates among children under 5 and seniors 75 and older. ... Among all age groups, the next leading cause of TBI was traffic accidents (17.3%), which accounted for the highest proportion (31.8%) of TBI deaths. Striking or being struck by objects accounted for 16.5% of TBIs, while assaults accounted for 10%. CDC could not determine the cause for 21% of the injuries.

The study is part of the CDC's "Heads Up" program to provide information to healthcare professionals and patients on preventing, recognizing, and managing TBI.

TBI may have short- and long-term consequences and can affect thought, perception, language, and emotions. Understanding the dangers of TBI are essential, the CDC said in a statement, because "consequences may not be readily apparent."

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