KHS, in solidarity with those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and their families, brings you the following information to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month:
“The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and our network of state affiliates, including self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation, will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year. Early and equal access to care for all is our goal.
“Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two brain injuries are exactly alike. For some, brain injury is the start of a lifelong disease process. The injury requires access to a full continuum of medically necessary treatment and community-based supports furnished by interdisciplinary teams of qualified and specialized clinicians working in accredited programs and appropriate settings.”
BRAIN INJURIES DO NOT DISCRIMINATE
- 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.
- 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year. 5.3 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result ofTBI.
- TBIs are caused by falls (35%), car crashes (17%), workplace accidents (16%), assaults (10%), and other causes (21%).
- About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
THE COSTS OF BRAIN INJURY
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 (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, total an estimated $76.3 billion each year
“Since anyone can sustain a brain injury at any time, it is important for everyone to have access to comprehensive rehabilitation and ongoing disease management. Doing so eases medical complications, permanent disability, family dysfunction, job loss, homelessness, impoverishment, medical indigence, suicide and involvement with the criminal or juvenile justice system. Access to early, comprehensive treatment for brain injury also alleviates the burden of long term care that is transferred to tax payers at the federal state and local levels.”
Dr. Brent Masel, National Medical Director for the Brain Injury Association of America
To learn more and to contact the Brain Injury Association of America: