The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) marks the month of March as Brain injury Awareness Month. Intended to promote awareness and advocacy, the BIAA encourages self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation to spread the facts about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during the month of March. The organization encourages the download and distribution of a fact sheet compiling some startling statistics, including:
- 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a traumatic brain injury in the U.S. each year. 3.1 million individuals live with life-long disability due to TBI
- TBIs are caused by falls (35%), car crashes (17%), workplace accidents (16%), assaults (10%) and other (21%).
- TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
- About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.
Also included on the sheet are the staggering costs of brain injury treatment:
- Average hospital-based acute rehab is about $8,000 a day
- Range for post-acute residential is about $850 to $2,500 a day
- Day treatment programs (e.g., 4 hours of therapy) are about $600 to $1,000 with no room/board
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $76.3 billion each year.
The goal of the BIAA is early and equal access to care for all. If you would like to help with that goal, the BIAA encourages you to contact your chartered state affiliate.
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