Yearly Impact of TBIs in SC
- 1,117 deaths
- 2,800 hospital discharges
- 11,500 emergency department visits
Leading Causes of Deaths from TBI in SC
- Motor vehicle crashes (33%)
- Suicide (24%)
- Homicide (12%)
People between the ages of 20 to 34 years old die from TBI more than any other age group. TBI-related death is the highest among white males.
Leading Causes of Non-Fatal TBI in SC
- Falls (35%)
- Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (22%)
- Struck by/against events (11%)
- Assaults (10%)
DHEC's TBI Surveillance Program
Congress authorized the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program in 1996 to expand studies and establish programs to help people with TBI and their families. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were given authority to collect data and conduct research on TBI and how to prevent them.
The CDC gave DHEC funds to develop a uniform surveillance (data collection) system to gather TBI hospital data. The system we developed also helps us connect TBI survivors and their families with community resources.