The month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. “Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings,” said Susan H. Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America.

The Brain Injury Association of America’s mission is to be the voice of brain injury. Through advocacy, education and research, they bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Facts about brain injuries:

  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
  • 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year. 3.1 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result of TBI.
  • TBIs are caused by falls (35%); car crashes (17%); workplace accidents (16%); assaults (10%); and other (21%).
  • TBIs are a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
    • The costs to treat brain injuries are staggering:
    • Average hospital-based acute rehab is about $8,000 per day.
    • Range for post-acute residential is about $850 to $2,500 per day.
    • Day treatment programs (4 hours of therapy) are about $600 to $1,000 with no room/board.
    • >According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., direct medical costs and indirect medical costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $76.3 billion each year.

For more information about brain injuries, visit the Brain Injury Association of America’s website at www.biausa.org.

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