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Proud to support Brain Injury Awareness Month
Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? Each year it’s important to learn about the injuries that affect so many Americans, what causes them, and how they can be treated and prevented. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, more than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) every year, but the total incidence is unknown.
An ABI is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. Unfortunately, these injuries are usually the result of an accident – often Air ambulance services help patients in need reach the right level of care to address brain injuries.
At Angel MedFlight, we are proud to support this month that ties into what we do and who we are in meaningful ways. Our award-winning medical flight team members frequently provide care to patients with brain injuries on their way to the life-changing care they need. Our board member, Astronaut Mark Kelly and his family are aware of the importance of making this topic visible after his wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sustained and is in recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
This March Mark Kelly helps us honor Brain Injury Awareness Month by sharing what everyone should know in this short video below.
BRAIN INJURY FACTS AND STATISTICS
Typical causes of ABI include
- Electric Shock
- Infectious Disease
- Lightning Strike
- Near Drowning
- Oxygen Deprivation (Hypoxia/Anoxia)
- Seizure Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Toxic Exposure
More than 12 million Americans live with the impact of ABI
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of ABI and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
- At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain TBIs in the U.S. each year:
- 2 million are treated in emergency departments for TBI each year.
- 280,000 are hospitalized for TBI each year.
- 50,000 die because of TBI each year.
- The number of people who sustain TBIs and do not seek treatment is unknown.
- Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a
- One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI-related disability.
- Every day, 137 people in the U.S. die because of a TBI-related injury.
There are many causes of TBI
- Falls – 40.5%
- Struck by/against – 15.5%
- Motor vehicle – 14.3%
- Assaults – 10.7%
- Unknown – 19%