Emergency Departments

  • An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI in the U.S. annually.

  • Of them:
    ̶ 52,000 die,
    ̶ 275,000 are hospitalized, and
    ̶ 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an ED.

  • TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.

  • As many as 75%, but up to 90% of these visits are for “mild” TBIs that are primarily the result of falls and motor vehicle crashes.

 

Majority of TBI Patients are Safe for Discharge;
90–95% of CT Scans are Negative

Source: CDC, 2010. Traumatic brain injury in the United States; Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths, 2002–2014.    

Source: CDC, 2010. Traumatic brain injury in the United States; Emergency
Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths, 2002–2014.