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Brain Injury Awareness Month celebrated in March

On March 19th, Susan Murray, Service Director at OCCK, witnessed Governor Jeff Colyer sign the proclamation naming March as brain injury month.

InMyHome, A Division of OCCK, provides the following services for people with Brain Injuries:

Transitional Living Services
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech/Language Therapy
Cognitive Therapy

Please contact me for more information or with questions at 785-827-9383

BRAIN INJURY FACTS & STATISTICS

• Every 9 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury
• An acquired brain injury (ABI) is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma
• More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year, but the total incidence is unknown

• Typical causes of ABI include:
• Electric Shock
• Infectious Disease
• Lightning Strike
• Near Drowning
• Oxygen Deprivation (Hypoxia/Anoxia)
• Stroke
• Seizure Disorder
• Substance Abuse/Overdose
• Toxic Exposure
• Trauma
• Tumor

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is type of ABI. A TBI is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force

The number of people who sustain TBIs and do not seek treatment is unknown

One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a brain injury related disability

The annual impact of TBI in the U.S. is significant: At least 2.5 million adults & children sustain a TBI 2.2 million are treated for TBI in Emergency Departments (also known as ERs) or Trauma Centers 280,000 are hospitalized 50,000 die

There are many causes of traumatic brain injury:

• Falls (40.5%)
• Struck By or
• Against (15.5%)
• Motor Vehicle
• Accidents (14.3%)
• Assaults (10.7%)
• Unknown (19%)

• When someone sustains a brain injury, many people are affected:
• Parents, spouses, siblings, extended families, and friends
• Healthcare providers, including surgeons, physicians, counselors, rehab therapists, social workers, and personal care attendants
• Insurance companies that issue auto accident, individual, and group health, disability, life and reinsurance policies
• Attorneys of all types, including those who handle personal injury, insurance and disability claims, civil rights and discrimination, domestic actions, wills, estates, and trusts
• Educators at every level, but especially special education teachers and those who prepare America’s future healthcare workforce
• Government agencies that administer health and social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and vocational rehab
• Employers of all types
For more information
Brain Injury Association of America, www.biausa.org