New Data on TBI-Related ED Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

New Data on TBI-Related ED Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and CDC’s Injury Center encourages you to continue spreading the word about ways to prevent a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to help protect the health of all Americans. To highlight this important issue, CDC published a new MMWR Surveillance Summary titled Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths—United States, 2007 and 2013.

CDC analyzed the latest data and reported results on the leading causes of TBI by age group and sex. The data show that in 2013, there were:

  • 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits,
  • 282,000 hospitalizations, and
  • 56,000 deaths related to TBI.

The most common causes of TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths were falls, being struck by or against an object, and motor vehicle crashes. In addition, from 2007 to 2013, the number of TBIs due to falls among older adults increased significantly. ED visits more than doubled, hospitalizations went up by half, and deaths rose by a third. This across-the-board increase illustrates the critical need to help older Americans prevent falls and protect their health and their independence.