According to a new report by the CDC, every year about 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year, and more than 50,000 people die of their injuries. This study looked at injuries suffered during the 2002-2006 survey period.
Compared to previous surveys, the incidence of TBI-related emergency hospital visits increased by 14.4%, and the incidence of hospitalization increased by 19.5%. By some definitions, this could be called an epidemic.
To download a free copy of the CDC report click the link at the bottom of the press release here: CDC press release.
Some highlights of the study:
- TBIs are responsible for about 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
- The leading cause of TBI is falls. And falls are most common among children younger than age 5 and adults age 75 and older.
- The second leading cause of TBI is road traffic injury.
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