TIP TUESDAY: Brain Injury Awareness Month


TIP TUESDAY: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. As emergency physicians, brain injury is a topic very near and dear to our hearts (and brains!) We regularly care for individuals with head injuries due to trauma, and we know firsthand how devastating they can be for patients and their families. Here are some statistics about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that may surprise you: • According to the CDC, more than 1.7 million TBIs occur each year

• 52,000 result in death

• 275,000 cause hospitalization

• 1.4 million require an emergency room visit

• TBIs cost $76.5 billion each year • 75% of TBIs are concussions

• Children, teenagers, and the elderly are the most likely to suffer a TBI

• The majority of TBIs in children and teenagers occur during sports, most commonly biking, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer

• A young athlete who suffers a concussion is three times more likely to suffer a repeat concussion in the same season

So how do you go about your day protecting yourself and the ones you love?  Simple. Wear a seatbelt. Never drink and drive. Pay attention and obey traffic laws. Install window guards and safety gates to keep small children from falling from great heights. Wear a helmet. Practice good sportsmanship. Never return to an activity after a concussion unless evaluated, treated and cleared by a medical professional. 

For more information on brain injuries, visit the Brain Injury Association of America at www.biausa.org#ChangeYourMind

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