March is Brain Injury Awareness month! See below for event details!
Brain injuries can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to lead an active, fulfilling life.
• Every day in Utah, 68 people are treated in an emergency department for a TBI, six people are hospitalized, and one person dies from a TBI.
• Falls (52%) were the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations in Utah, followed by transportation realted causes (24%) and sports or recreation activities (21%).
• TBI hospitalization rates increase with age; older adults aged 75+ have the highest rates of TBIs.
• TBIs resulted in nearly $95 million in hospitalization charges in Utah in 2013; a 10.5% increase from $86 million in 2011. This does not include costs for disability and long-term care, or lost wages.
• The age-adjusted rate of TBI hospitalizations had a statistically significant increase from 2011 (816 per 100,000 population) to 2013 (826 per 100,000 population).
• The Utah State Legislature established a TBI Fund in 2008. The funds are used to:
- 1) educate Utahns on TBI treatment and prevention;
- 2) provide evaluations and assistance in identifying services and resources needed by persons with a TBI for which they may be eligible; and
- 3) develop an information referral system for persons with a TBI and their families.
- • Wear a helmet when riding an off-highway vehicle, bicycle, skateboard, or scooter; playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing; using inline skates or riding a skateboard; batting and running bases in baseball or softball; riding a horse; or skiing or snowboarding.
• Ask your league, school, or district about concussion policies. Utah law requires youth sports organizations to have a concussion policy.
• Teach and practice safe playing techniques. Follow all rules pertaining to your sport.
• Teach athletes it’s not smart to play with a concussion. When an athlete has a concussion, the brain needs time to heal. Don’t let your athlete return to play until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play. The average recovery time for a young athlete is 3-4 weeks.
• Replace damaged equipment promptly, especially helmets and other protective head gear. Some helmets require replacing after any impact, even if there are no visible signs of damage
Life After Brain Injury Conference gives TBI sufferers, families hope
WHAT: The Utah Department of Health and Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (BIAU) is sponsoring the 25th Annual Families and Professionals Conference this week to help family members and health care providers better understand how to help those suffering from a TBI.
WHY: Traumatic brain injuries can dramatically impact a person’s life and can affect a person’s ability to work, his or her short- and long-term memory, as well as vision, sleep, mood, and movement. The real tragedy is that most TBIs are preventable.
WHO: Speakers include: • Dr. Debra Braunling-McMorrow, President and CEO of Learning Services • Trisha Keller, Program Manager of the Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program
WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah 84401