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The cost of brain injury

Posted on: July 20th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, about 1.7 million people have a traumatic brain injury each year. That’s up from 1.4 per year in 2004. This number is suspected to be low because it doesn’t include traumatic brain injuries that are treated during doctor’s office visits or in outpatient settings. There are also hundreds of thousands of people who experience a mild or moderate traumatic brain injury (in many cases from playing a sport) and don’t go to the doctor.

Of these 1.7 million people, 52,000 die and 275,000 are hospitalized. Traumatic brain injury contributes to about 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

People serving in the military – in both combat and non-combat roles – have a much higher risk of traumatic brain injury. A 2003 study reported that 23 percent of non-combat active-duty soldiers at Fort Bragg had sustained a traumatic brain injury during military service. More recent reports suggest that as many as 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have some type of traumatic brain injury. (more…)