How common is brain injury?
Brain injuries can happen to anyone.
Every year, about 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While most of these injuries happen to children, adolescents, young adults, and people over the age of 75, the highest risk group is males ages 14 to 24.
Of the 1.4 million annual TBI cases in the United States
- 1.1 million are treated in emergency departments
- 235,000 are hospitalized for a TBI
- 50,000 die as a result of a TBI
- 47,395 were treated for a TBI in emergency departments
- 6,690 were hospitalized for a TBI
- 1,317 died as a result of a TBI
Currently, 5.3 million Americans are living with a long-term TBI-related disability. Of those, 45,000 are Arizona residents. What we don't know is the number of TBI cases treated in doctor's offices, other outpatient facilities, at home, or not treated at all.
*For 2011, the most recent data available
For every TBI-related death in Arizona in 2011, there were:
5 Non-fatal inpatient hospitalizations and 36 Non-fatal emergency department visits,
Resulting in over $692.4 million in hospital charges