NEBRASKA TBI NEEDS AND RESOURCES ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Survey Highlights Challenges, Barriers To Services, Support
A statewide survey conducted in 2010 highlights the health challenges and barriers to services and support for individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.
Those who responded to the survey reported significant adverse changes in their lives resulting from a brain injury, most citing changes to their physical health, emotional well-being and ability to earn an income. They also reported experiencing barriers that prevented or limited access to needed services and supports, such as a lack of financial resources, geographic and transportation issues and limited awareness of brain injury among professionals.
Among the most important needs identified were cognitive training, counseling and behavioral support to address problems that occur daily as a result of an injury – problems affecting the individual who experienced a brain injury as well as their families.
The Survey Revealed That In Nebraska:
Everyday in Nebraska: at least one person dies from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), three people are hospitalized and over 24 people a day visit the emergency department because of TBI.
More than 300,000 people have suffered a brain injury including concussions and more than 36,527 individuals live with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury.
The monetary cost associated with TBIs in Nebraska was over $413,000,000 in 2009. This estimate includes both fatal and nonfatal injuries and medical costs and productivity losses.
Estimated lifetime costs per individual with a brain injury are:
Mild brain injury - $85,000
Moderate brain injury - $941,000
Severe brain injury - $3 million
In the last five years, there has been a steady increase in emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths caused by a traumatic brain injury and emergency visits for brain injury in Nebraska are higher than the national average.
The most frequent cause of a TBI is a fall, especially in those under one year old and over 65. Males, 25-44, have the highest incident of brain injury due to being struck in the head, struck against something or involvement in a car crash.
Lives are changed by a traumatic brain injury, most notably physical health, emotional well-being and loss of income. The entire family is affected.
(2010 Needs and Resources Assessment, Schmeeckle Research Inc. This project was supported in whole by TBI Implementation Partnership Grant #H21MC06758 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).