- How big is the problem?
- According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2014, approximately 2.87 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the US because of TBI’s.
- In only one year (2014), TBI was assessed in approximately 288,000 hospitalizations. This figure does not take into account all of the injuries where the patient sustained a TBI but did not seek medical care for it, or it was undiagnosed.
- A review of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – All Injury Program opined that direct and indirect medical costs, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.1
Why is it important to assess TBI’s?
- Patients need to know if they have a TBI so that they can get the proper treatment and monitoring.
- TBI’s can cause neurological problems that can affect movement and eventually can cause dementia.
When should it be assessed?
- Patients should be evaluated for a TBI as soon as possible after an head injury or accident.
- Even it has been weeks or months since the accident occurred, the patient should still be evaluated for a TBI.
What is the best way to assess the injury?
BrainCussion Telehealth Services utilizes the online Impact Concussion test to screen for reductions in the cognitive processing speeds of the patient who suffered a head injury. The Impact concussion test is the most widely used concussion test and when interpreted by a neuropsychologist, neurologist, physiatrist, psychiatrist, or other head injury doctor, can provide an accurate diagnosis and assessment of TBI’s. Impact tests is a cleared medical device for the assessment and management of concussions and TBI’s.
In addition to Impact testing, CT scans, MRI scans, and other diagnostic testing can also be done to properly assess a TBI.