Tomorrow is the official start of the 2016 Brain Injury Awareness Month, a period dedicated to educating the public about brain injuries while empowering brain injury survivors. Spearheaded by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), Brain Injury Awareness Month focuses on outreach and support to destigmatize brain injuries and, at the same time, inform survivors of the various support options and resources available to them.
For this year’s campaign, the theme is Not Alone, reinforcing the notion that survivors do not have to struggle on their own to recover from and/or live with brain injuries.
While the BIAA will be running public service announcements regarding brain injuries throughout the month of March, on March 16th, the organization is hosting Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. During this event, the public will have a change to meet with members of Congress to discuss “key issues surrounding brain injury.”
A Glance at the Incidence, Causes & Impacts of TBIs in the U.S.
Highlighting the importance of Brain Injury Awareness Month and its focus on outreach to survivors, below are some of the latest findings regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the U.S.:
- Of the 3.5 million acquired brain injuries (ABIs) sustained every year in the U.S., more than 71 percent (or roughly 2.5 million) are traumatic brain injuries. Note that, while TBIs occur due to some external force impacting the head, ABIs can arise from disease, exposure to toxins, etc.
- More than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with TBIs.
- About 88 percent of those who sustain a new TBI require emergency medical care.
- Annually, roughly 50,000 people in the U.S. die as a result of TBI complications. On a daily basis, more than 130 people in the U.S. die from TBI complications.
- The top four causes of TBIs in the U.S. include:
- Falling, causing at least 40 percent of TBIs
- Being hit by or against an object, contributing to nearly 16 percent of TBIs
- Motor vehicle accidents, causing more than 14 percent of TBIs
- Assaults, contributing to nearly 11 percent of TBIs.
While these facts about TBIs are certainly tragic, what may be more harrowing are the facts that:
- Even mild to moderate TBIs can have long-term, debilitating impacts on people.
- Many cases of TBIs (such as those resulting from traffic crashes or assaults) may have been preventable if others had been more careful or made different choices prior to the injury-causing accident.
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