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CDC Report Shows Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed some startling statistics regarding the extent of traumatic brain injury (TBI) accidents. The report showed that nearly 30 percent of all injury deaths included traumatic brain injury as a determining factor. The report also examined the causes of TBI, as well as demographic factors related to those most at risk for these devastating injuries.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury occurs when the victim sustains a head injury that interrupts or cuts off normal brain functions. The degree of a traumatic brain injury can range from a brief loss of consciousness or short-term memory, all the way to loss of motor, speech, and reasoning functions. The causes of TBI can include falls, sport injuries, auto accidents, and assaults. Other causes can include any incident in which the victim sustains a blow to or penetration of the skull.

Details of the Traumatic Brain Injury Report

The CDC traumatic brain injury report examined hospital records from 2001 to 2010. In 2010 alone, emergency room facilities reported more than 2.5 million visits from patients suffering from some form of traumatic brain injury, either in isolation or combined with other injuries. More than 280,000 TBI victims had been hospitalized for at least one day. From 2001 to 2010, the rate of emergency room visits related to TBI increased by 70 percent, while hospitalization rates rose by 11 percent.

Traumatic Brain Injury Deaths

The report also showed that traumatic brain injury was a contributing factor in more than 50,000 fatalities in 2010, an average of 138 fatalities a day. TBI-related fatalities comprised nearly 30 percent of all injury-related deaths. For patients under 45 years of age, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death from traumatic brain injury. For patients between 45 and 64 years of age, the leading cause of death was self-inflicted TBI, followed by motor vehicle accidents. For those 65 and over, falls were far and away the leading cause of TBI-related death, with more than 9,400 fatalities between 2001 and 2010.

Traumatic Brain Injury Demographics

The CDC traumatic brain injury study examined factors related to age, gender, and cause of the injury. The study found that falls were the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, with over 40 percent of the injury reports citing falls as the cause. For patients 65 and older, the rate of TBI due to falls was a staggering 81 percent. For children 19 years old or younger, the rate of emergency room visits due to sports-related TBI incidents rose 57 percent from 2001 to 2009.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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