03 Mar Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month is recognized every March and provides an important opportunity to shed light on the prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in America. The leading causes of TBI in the United States are falls, being struck by something or someone, and motor vehicle accidents. According to the CDC, unintentional injury, including motor vehicle accidents & falls, is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults ages 1 to 44.
While there is a spectrum of TBI- severity ranging from mild to severe, in the instance of severe TBI, adherence to the evidence-based treatment guidelines for severe TBI during the acute care phase is routinely demonstrated to improve long-term outcomes and reduce acute care costs. According to the CDC, there were more than 223,000 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2019. People 75 years old and older had the highest numbers of TBI-related hospitalizations, accounting for roughly 32% of all TBI-related hospitalizations. Additionally, males are nearly two times more likely to be hospitalized from a TBI than females.
In the instance of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), it is estimated that 3.8 million concussions, a type of mTBI, occur in the United States each year. Concussions affect every demographic group in America, and some U.S. hospitals advise that concussion care could be one of the more significant hospital emergency room challenges of the next decade. In 2019, roughly 15% of all U.S. high-school students reported one or more sports or recreation-related concussions within the preceding 12 months.
While prevention strategies can greatly reduce the risk for TBIs, concussions, and ultimately TBI-related disabilities and death, Qmetis’ evidence-based decision support tools, TBIQx & ConcussionQx, help by supporting healthcare providers to deliver the most appropriate care to those who have suffered from any type of head injury. TBIQx assesses the current treatment regimen of a patient and determines if it is in variance at all with the latest evidence-based recommendations. ConcussionQx is an all-in-one concussion tool that assists with mild TBI from injury to complete recovery. ConcussionQx provides healthcare providers with decision-support for an accurate diagnosis, total care coordination, and evidence-based pathways to total health.
To learn more about Qmetis’ tools, including TBIQx and ConcussionQx, please visit qmetis.com/tour.