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CDC Announces New Brain Injury Statistics


The CDC announced new statistical numbers for brain injury in the United States.  Please see below:

  • An estimated 1.7 million deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur in the US each year, according to the CDC's new report, Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths.  This report is based on data from 2002 - 2006 and identifies the leading causes of TBI and Incidence by age, race, and gender.
  • There were 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations annually.  Almost 1.4 million, or 80% of the people who sustained a TBI were treated and released from and emergency department.
  • According to the report, TBI's contribute to nearly 1/3 or 30.5% of injury-related deaths in the United States.
  • The report cites:
    • Children from birth to 4 years of age, older adolescents aged 15-19 years, and adults 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.
    • Falls are the leading cause of TBI (35.2%).  Rates are highest for children from birth to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.
    • Among the age groups, road traffic injury is the second leading cause of TBI (17.3%) and results in the largest percentage of TBI related deaths (31.8%).
    • In every group, TBI rates are higher for males than for females.

This report not only presents TBI numbers, it helps to show the impact of this injury nationwide.  To view a copy of this report, click on the link below:

CDC Report - 2010


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