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Photo: older woman and doctor; Fewer than half (48%) of all hospitalized traumatic brain injuries were directly treated in a higher level trauma center.Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury: Low Trauma Center Utilization and High Interfacility Transfers among Older Adults

Most of the U.S. population (90%) is within an hour of a higher level trauma center, where there is access to 24 hour neurosurgical care, and death rates from hospitalized traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are lower. However, a new study in Prehospital Emergency Care shows that fewer than half of all hospitalized TBI are directly treated there. Nearly half of all older adults who are hospitalized with TBI are eventually transferred to one.

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