March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Around 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations or deaths in the United States were associated with brain injuries. Brain injuries are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all jolts to the head result in a brain injury. Doctors will rate a brain injury in a range from “mild” to “severe”. A mild brain injury is a brief change in mental status or consciousness while a severe injury is an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury.
What is the cause?
Be safe – Think ahead and learn the common causes, so you can take steps to prevent brain injuries during everyday activities, at work, while playing sports or during a deployment.
Know the signs – Concussion, known as mild TBI, often goes undetected or undiagnosed initially because the symptoms can be subtle and varied.
Get help – If you think you, or someone else you know, has a brain injury, please seek medical help as quickly as possible to improve chances of a full complete recovery.
Wear a helmet; children included when you:
Wear a seat belt:
When you drive or ride in a car, truck, or other motor vehicles you should always wear a seatbelt. Small children should always sit in the back seats of cars, away from airbags, and use safety seats or booster seats appropriate for their size and weight.
Never drive while vision-impaired or under the influence:
Prevent falls by: