CDC Report: Assessing Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury-related Deaths

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a major public health problem in the United States, contributing to many deaths and permanent disability. Each year, nearly one-third of all injury deaths involve a TBI and approximately 275,000 Americans are hospitalized and 1.4 million are seen in an emergency department.

CDC’s newly released “Surveillance for Traumatic Brain Injury—Related Deaths – United States, 1997—2007“ report, published in the May 6th issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, Surveillance Summaries provides key insights to help assess the impact of TBI.

This study shows that during the reporting period:
“¢    On average, 53,000 Americans died each year as a result of a TBI,
“¢    The overall rates of TBI-related deaths decreased by 8.2 percent, and
“¢    The rates for all causes of TBI decreased, with the exception of those related to falls.

The goal of this report is to help inform TBI surveillance, education, or programmatic strategies, and to improve prevention efforts to protect Americans at greatest risk.

To download a free copy of the report or to learn more about TBI and CDC’s research, clinical guidelines, education, and programmatic resources, please visit

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