The Numbers are Staggering
Brain Injury is more prevalent than Multiple Sclerosis, Breast cancer, Spinal cord injury and HIV/AIDS.
After one brain injury, you are at three times (3X) greater risk for a second brain injury, and eight times (8X) greater risk for other bodily injuries.
TBI is the greatest killer under the age of 45, the greatest disabler under the age of 44, and kills more children under the age 20 than any other causes combined.
18.7 million CT scans to the head are performed annually (US). A CT scan is equal to 300 – 400 chest x-rays to the head.
TBI is the single largest healthcare cost in modern medicine ($76.5 Billion in the US alone).
In the USA
2.5 – 3.5 million people each year sustain a TBI in the USA.
Yearly, this results in more than 50,000 deaths and 280,000 hospitalizations.
The rate of emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, rose 62% among children (age 19 or younger).
9.94% of TBI emergency department visits are made up of sports and recreation-related concussions or TBI's among children (age 19 or younger).
An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability.
50,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year, and incidence rates are rising.
More than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a result of TBI.
30% of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities.
Each severe brain injury costs our medical system over $400,000 at the time of injury. Costs remain approximately the same each year following the incident, due to indirect expenses and follow-up treatment.
The economic burden of acquired brain injuries and treatment, when combined, is estimated to be greater than $12.7 billion per year. www.nbia.ca
Each year over 6,000 people become permanently disabled after a traumatic brain injury.