Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is a factor in 29 percent of all injury deaths, 17 percent of all injury hospitalizations, and 13 percent of all injury emergency department visits.

In 2013, TBI contributed to more than 41,000 deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits among Colorado residents, either as the only injury or in combination with other injuries or conditions. Among those injured, 1,016 persons died where TBI was reported as a cause of death on the death certificate, resulting in an age –adjusted rate of 19.2 deaths per 100,000 persons. There were 4,678 hospitalizations (89.4 per 100,000) and an additional 35,776 emergency department visits (697.8 per 100,000) that mentioned a TBI alone or with other injuries or conditions. An unknown number of individuals sustained TBI that were treated in other settings or went untreated.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be addressed through the work primarily on falls, motor vehicle crashes, and suicide.

Long-term Objectives:

  • Decrease in TBI-related injury for children 0-18 
  • Decrease in TBI-related death rate in children 0-18 
  • Decrease the rate of MVC-related TBIs (ED visits, hospitalizations, death) in young adults 15-24 years of age