Child Brain Injuries Cost Over $1 Billion ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Child Brain Injuries Cost Over $1 Billion

A study has shown that the medical and rehabilitation costs for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are on the rise due to the number of children who frequently sustain life-changing head injuries. Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) in the Columbus Children's Research Institute at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio found that child TBI places a $1 billion annual burden on US health resources. Data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids' Inpatient Database, taken from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2000, from 2,784 hospitals in 27 states was analyzed. The results revealed that there were approximately 50,658 TBI-associated hospitalizations among children ages 17 and younger in the year 2000, with the highest hospitalization rates for 15 to 17-year-olds. CIRP director Dr. Gary Smith says, "Based on our research, pediatric TBI patients accrue more than $1 billion in total hospital charges annually."

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