Traumatic Brain Injuries Rise in New Hampshire
The last 10 years have seen a marked rise in traumatic brain injuries in New Hampshire, according to a new report issued by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The Nashua Telegraph writes that the report shows that brain trauma cases in the state have nearly doubled from 2001 to 2009, rising from 6,514 to 12,306. The cost of fatalities due to traumatic brain injuries is estimated as $568 million for the period 2000 -2004.
Almost 50 percent of these patients were 24-years-old or younger, due partly to the prevalence of car accidents and risky activities among young people, particularly men, according to the Telegraph. However, the baby boomer generation and other seniors are susceptible to head injuries caused by falls.
Despite the rise in the number of patients with traumatic brain injury involved in emergency room visits and hospital stays, the number of deaths only rose slightly, ranging between 170 and 210 annually, according to the report, “Traumatic Brain Injury: Occurrence and Mortality in New Hampshire based on 2001-2009 surveillance data.”
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