America’s System of Care Failing Brain Injury Survivors, Say Experts

(News Medical Life Sciences) – Every year, nearly 5 million Americans are evaluated for traumatic brain injury in emergency departments across the country.

These injuries can happen in many different ways – from car crashes and military conflict to falls and everyday activities – and they’re diagnosed in around 2% of all United States emergency department visits.

Awareness of the magnitude of TBIs has increased over the last several decades, particularly in sports and the military. But a group of experts from across the nation say the country’s current system of care is often failing to meet the needs of the individuals, families and communities affected by traumatic brain injury. CONTINUE