Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

To recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, Angel MedFlight is wearing blue to help raise awareness and show support for people affected by this debilitating injury.

Angel MedFlight Employees Wear Blue for Brain Injury Awareness Day

 

Most traumatic brain injuries are preventable.

Approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, and no one is exempt from TBI.

How can you prevent a brain injury?

By being safety-conscious, you can reduce your risk of brain injury.

  1. Use seatbelts. Everyone in a vehicle should wear their seat belt. Children under 12 should always sit in the back seat. Infants, toddlers and children – according to their weight – should use child safety seats or booster seats.
  2. Wear bike helmets. When worn correctly, bike helmets are 85% effective in preventing brain injuries.
  3. Protect playground surfaces. There should be at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or safety-tested rubber mats that extend six feet in all directions from the equipment.
  4. Use mouth guards and helmets during sports and recreational activities. Mouth guards can help cushion a blow to the lower jaw and lessen the chances of concussion. Sports helmets protect the head from equipment, collisions, and falls.
  5. Lock firearms away and use gun locks. Nearly 91% of firearm-related brain injuries result in death.
  6. Avoid falls. Stepstools, handrails, safety gates on stairs, and window guards can help prevent falls. Remove walkway tripping hazards, use non-slip mats in tubs and showers, and install additional lighting to help senior citizens avoid falls.

To learn more about traumatic brain injury and to support education and awareness efforts, visit these websites:

Brain Injury Association of America

Brain Injury Association of Arizona

Centers for Disease Control

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