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Miscellaneous Findings Regarding Traumatic Brain Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following miscellaneous findings regarding traumatic brain injury for 2002-2006:

1. There was a 14% increase in traumatic brain injury (TBI) related emergency department (ED) visits and a 19% increase in hospitalizations.

2. Fall-related TBI seen in emergency departments among children 0-14 years old went up 62%.

3. There was an increase in fall-related TBI among adults 65 and older, 46% increase in ED visits, 34% increase in hospitalizations and a 27% increase in TBI-related deaths.

4. Falls are the leading cause of TBI with the rate highest for children aged 0-4 years old and for adults 75 and older.

5. Falls result in the greatest number of TBI- related emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

6. Motor vehicle/traffic injuries are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths with the rates highest for adults aged 20-24 years old.

7. For every age group, males have a higher TBI rate than females.