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Brain Injury Awareness Month --- March 2006

Brain Injury Awareness Month was established to increase public awareness of brain injuries and their consequences and to address the needs of persons living with brain injuries, their family members, and caregivers. Each year in the United States, approximately 1.4 million persons sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI); of these persons, approximately 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million are treated and released from emergency departments (1). In addition, according to a 1999 report, an estimated 5.3 million persons in the United States have a long-term or lifelong need for help in performing activities of daily living as a result of a TBI (2).

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Brain Injury Association of America, with support from CDC, is offering educational kits that include 1) a TBI fact sheet, 2) booklets on topics such as how persons with TBI can transition to life after high school and overcome loneliness, and 3) a guide on initiating TBI awareness activities and events.

Additional information regarding Brain Injury Awareness Month is available and kits can be ordered at http://www.biausa.org/Pages/biam2006.htm or at telephone, 800-444-6443. Additional information regarding CDC's TBI-related activities is available at http://www.cdc.gov/node.do?id=0900f3ec8000dbdc.

References

  1. Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Thomas KE. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2004.
  2. Thurman D, Alverson C, Dunn K, Guerrero J, Sniezek J. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: a public health perspective. J Head Trauma Rehabil 1999;14:602--15.



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