|do not even require a hospital stay, yet they
suffer such insidious impairments that lives are forever changed.
About 100,000 of the
most severely injured never return to meaningful, productive lifestyles.
And, an estimated 750,000 a year require hospitalization, and another 100,000
result in death.
An astounding 1.9 million
individuals, the lion's share of such injuries, suffer serious brain injuries
that are largely viewed as inconsequential. But, in reality such
injuries cause devastating impairments that destroy lives just as effectively
as more severe injuries.
The problem for many such individuals
is that their impairments may not be immediately apparent. However,
before long it becomes painfully clear that such individuals have been
deeply changed in areas of thinking, mood and emotional control.
Many such individuals never resume their pre-injury lifestyles. An
alarming number spiral down into poverty and despair..
Estimated annual cost
for all conditions includes medical costs and indirect costs associated
with death and loss of income.
2 million 100,000
2.6 million 145,000
Spinal Cord Injury
1.1 million 510,000
Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Cancer Institute,
Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and research