Statistics Show Pervasiveness of TBI
Most of us have had a bump on the head at some point, but few of us understand how serious a bump or blow to the skull can be. Many people suffer moderate or serious traumatic brain injury every day, and TBIs account for about one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Annually, approximately two million people seek emergency room treatment for traumatic brain injury, and experts say that number accounts for only a fraction of the TBIs actually sustained. Still, about 2% of all emergency room visits involve TBIs. And more than one in every ten people who do seek treatment are admitted to the hospital.
A recent study found that more than five million Americans are currently living with some type of TBI-induced disability. Experts say the cost of caring for those individuals exceeds $75 billion per year. Studies also show that many emergency rooms are not well-equipped to accurately diagnose traumatic brain injury, and that, as a consequence, many TBIs are either not diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Proper diagnosis of traumatic brain injury is particularly important because statistics indicate the risk of stroke is ten times greater for those who suffer a traumatic brain injury. Therefore, it’s important to immediately seek treatment from qualified and knowledgeable medical personnel after any bump to the head.
The age groups most susceptible to traumatic brain injury are the very young (under the age of four), teenagers, and senior citizens (65 and older). The most common cause of TBI in toddlers and the elderly is falling, whereas teenagers are most likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident.
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