March is Brain Injury Awareness Month (2/23/18)

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month (2/23/18)

Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Friday, February 23, 2018/Categories: IDPH News, Behavioral Health

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Each year, thousands of Iowans experience a brain injury. Falls, motor vehicle crashes and sports injuries are the leading causes of “traumatic brain injury” or TBI in Iowa. More than 17,000 Iowans receive medical attention for a brain injury each year.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Governor Reynolds will sign a proclamation designating March as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Iowa. Often described as the “silent epidemic” because brain injuries are not always visible to others, over 95,000 Iowans live with long-term disability from brain injury.

 “Individuals with brain injury and their families face overwhelming challenges, especially related to navigating the service delivery system,” said IDPH Brain Injury & Disability Program Manager Maggie Ferguson. “It’s important that all Iowans learn about brain injury prevention and how they can support brain injury survivors and their families.”

You should contact a health care professional or go to an emergency department immediately if you or someone you know receives a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body, and have the following signs:

  • In adults
    • Slurred speech
    • Repeated vomiting or nausea
    • Persistent or worsening headaches
    • Numbness, weakness or decreased coordination
  • In children
    • Excessive crying
    • Slurred speech
    • Repeated vomiting or nausea
    • Numbness, weakness or decreased coordination
    • Unable to eat

For information on prevention and resources available regarding brain injuries, visit http://idph.iowa.gov/brain-injuries.


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