Traumatic Brain Injury: Prevention

Each year, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in the death of over 2,000 New York State residents and the hospitalization of over 18,000 New Yorkers. Along with thousands of deaths and hospitalizations each year, an estimated 75% of all TBI cases are treated and released from emergency departments. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The risks of TBIs can be reduced by taking such steps as wearing a seat belt in a motor vehicle, using appropriate child safety seats properly, wearing sports-specific head gear when involved in athletics and taking steps to prevent falls for persons of all ages.