What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, contributing to approximately 30% of all injury related deaths. The result of a brain injury can be devastating and life altering for families and patients.
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after an injury). When a TBI occurs and it is mild, it is commonly referred to as a concussion.
Traumatic Brain Injury statistics:
- Each day in the US 153 people die from TBI related injuries.
- In 2013 about 2.8 million TBI – related emergency visits occurred in the US.
- Approximately 50,000 people in the US die each year due to a TBI
- Nearly 282,000 hospital patients were diagnosed with TBI’s in 2013.
Leading Causes of TBI’s:
- Falls (47%)
- Being struck by or against an object (15%)
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (14%)
- Assault (9%)
Know the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Fatigue or Drowsiness
- Speech difficulties
- Loss of balance
- Slurred Speech
Traumatic brain injuries are a widespread health hazard taking the lives of thousands each year as well as thousands of people living with a traumatic brain injury. During the month of March wear green to show your support and get involved to spreading the word about TBI.
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