According to the Utah Department of Health, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A TBI can range from mild to severe.
In Utah, 54 people daily are treated and released from an emergency department because of a TBI, and another eight are admitted to the hospital or die each day from a TBI. In 2011,
- 2,294 Utahns were hospitalized for a TBI
- 550 Utahns died from a TBI
- Males have a higher rate of TBI hospitalizations and deaths compared to females for all age groups
Because of these statistics, it is important to reduce the risk of TBI’s. Here are a few tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) to help prevent head injuries.
- Make sure car and booster seats are age and size appropriate and installed correctly.
- To protect against serious falls in infants and toddlers use stair gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs.
- Make sure to wear the correct helmet when participating in activities.
- Use playgrounds that have soft surfaces like sand or mulch. Stay away from those that use grass or dirt.