Brain Injury Statistics from the Brain Injury Association of America

It’s Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Here is a list of facts from the Brain Injury Association of America’s Brain Injury Awareness Month factsheets.  Their website can be found here: http://www.biausa.org/

Incidence of brain injury

·    1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. According to the

Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, the leading causes of TBI are:

o Falls (35.2%)

o Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3%)

o Struck by/against events (16.5%)

o Assaults (10%)

·    Brain injury can result in a range of outcomes (according to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention):

o 52,000 die

o 275,000 are hospitalized

o 1,365,000 are treated and released from an emergency department.

·    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among children ages 0 to

14 years, TBI results in an estimated

o 2,685 deaths

o 37,000 hospitalizations

o 435,000 emergency department visits

·    The number of people with TBI who are not seen in an emergency department or who

receive no care is unknown.

·    TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United

States.

·    About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Cost of brain injury care

·    Average hospital-based acute rehab is about $8,000 per day

·    Range for post-acute residential is about $850 to $2,500 per day

·    Day treatment programs (e.g., 4 hours of therapy) are about $600 to $1,000 with no room/board

·    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI in the U.S., such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $76.5 billion.

 

 

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