March is known as Brain Injury Month, and highlights the significant consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and a frequent occurrence in our trauma patients. Annually, Air Methods performs advanced airway management on 2,000 trauma victims, and decreased levels of consciousness were found in the vast majority of these cases.
Each year, 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from a TBI, and of that number, 53,000 will die. In addition, TBI is highly interconnected with other neurological disorders; an estimated five million Americans are living with TBI-related disabilities.
There is growing evidence that the management of TBI in the early minutes after injury profoundly affects outcomes. Air Methods is committed to providing its clinical crews with the training and resources to deliver acute TBI care when treatment matters most; our advanced airway management success rate is better than any other EMS agency in the world. We’re also proud to collaborate in a public health initiative with the University of Arizona to improve the quality of care for TBI patients.
Consider teaming up with your local community to tackle this serious health problem: education on TBI prevention and initial assessment is practical and impactful.
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