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CDC Report Shows Increase in Fall-Related TBIs


Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States, especially those sustained by children under the age of 4 and adults over the age of 75. Approximately two-thirds of older adults who have a fall will fall again within six months, and at least one-third of these falls are caused by environmental hazards in the home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for immediate implementation of prevention strategies aimed at decreasing the number of fall-related traumatic brain injuries in older adults. According to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today, the number of emergency room visits for fall-related TBIs in older adults increased by more than 50 percent between 2007 and 2013. Fortunately, through awareness and prevention, falls in any age group can be prevented. Read the MMWR here.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) developed a resource brochure to assist in the identification of risk factors and prevention of falls. Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury: Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe is available through BIAA’s online marketplace.

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