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Important Facts for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)


TBI Hospitalizations Rate: The rate of TBIs of all injury intentions resulting in non-fatal hospitalizations per 10,000 population. For all definitions, these cases may include a TBI alone or in combination with other injuries or conditions. ICD-10-CM Hospital Codes for TBI Morbidity: S02.0, S02.1 Fracture of skull; S02.8, S02.91 Fracture of other specified skull and facial bones, unspecified fracture; S04.02, S04.03, S04.04 Injury of optic tract and pathways, injuries of visual cortex; S06 Intracranial injury; S07.1 Crushing injury of skull; T74.4 Shaken infant syndrome.


TBI Hospitalization Rate: The number of TBIs of all injury intentions resulting in hospitalization which meet the case definition mentioned in the data notes explaining ICD-10-CM codes. TBI Hospitalizations and Deaths Percentage: The number of TBIs with a cause or set of causes as defined through medical record review, as part of the TBI Injury Surveillance Database sample.


TBI Hospitalization Rate: The total number of persons in the population of Utah.

Data Interpretation Issues

Due to the transition to the ICD-10-CM coding system, data is available beginning in 2016. 2015 data is available from sampled traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalization and death cases, provided by the Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance Program; this data was used to report etiology. TBI is defined as an occurrence of injury or death resulting from trauma to the head. With regard to injury, the occurrence must be documented in a medical record with one or more of the following: observed or self-reported loss of consciousness or decreased level of consciousness; amnesia; skull fracture; changes in motor function, sensory function, reflexes, or speech; seizures; or hemorrhages, bruising, or other trauma of the brain. With death, the injury has been listed on the death certificate, autopsy report, or medical examiner's report as a sequence that caused death. Clinical definitions of TBI exclude several conditions including: lacerations or contusions of the face, eye, or scalp without other criteria; fractures of facial bones without other criteria; birth trauma; primary anoxic, inflammatory, toxic, or metabolic encephalopathies which are not complications of head trauma; brain infarction (ischemic stoke); intracranial hemorrhage (hemorrhagic stroke) without associated trauma; airway obstruction (e.g., near-drowning, throat swelling, choking, strangulation, or crush injuries of the chest); seizure disorders (grand mal, etc.); intracranial surgery; and neoplasms.

Why Is This Important?

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in Utah, costing more than $179 million in hospitalization charges in 2021. During 2021, the age-adjusted rate of Utahns hospitalized due to a TBI was 7.5 per 10,000. Based on sampled 2016-2017 TBI cases, more than half (52.8%) of TBI hospitalizations and deaths are the result of a fall. Motor vehicle traffic crashes (13.4%) are the second leading cause of TBI hospitalizations and deaths in Utah.

Other Objectives

{{style color:#1AA1B7 Healthy People 2030 Objective IVP-05:}}[[br]] Reduce fatal traumatic brain injuries[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 16.9 deaths per 100,000 population As compared to Healthy People 2020, Healthy People 2030 no longer provides specific objectives for nonfatal TBI rate reduction. Regardless, nonfatal TBI rates will still be monitored.

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate of TBI in Utah in 2022 was 22.2 per 100,000 population. This rate was the same as the previous year's rate. From 2018 to 2022, age-adjusted rates of TBI for both sexes have not changed significantly. In 2022, rates of TBI deaths were greater for males compared to females (35.0 to 10.1). The age-adjusted hospitalization rate of TBI in Utah in 2021 was 7.54 per 10,000 population. This rate was higher than the previous year's rate of 7.4 per 10,000 population, but not significantly so. From 2018 to 2021, age-adjusted rates of TBI for both sexes have not changed significantly. In 2021, rates of TBI hospitalizations were greater for males compared to females (9.6 to 5.5).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The most recent US age-adjusted death rate of TBI available is for 2021. Using 2021 values for both Utah and the US, the Utah age-adjusted death rate of TBI is greater than that of the US (22.2 to 19.5). The Utah age-adjusted death rate of TBI also exceeds the Healthy People 2030 Objective IVP-05 target of 16.9 deaths per 100,000 population. The US age-adjusted hospitalization rate of TBI was not available for 2021, so comparisons could not be made.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) receives funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct TBI surveillance for the state of Utah. This is done through review of hospital discharge data, vital statistics data, and hospital records abstractions. These data are used to develop interventions and policies targeting those at highest risk (such as young people for motor vehicle incidents and the elderly for fall incidents). In 2018 VIPP was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Administration of Community Living (ACL). The purpose of the three year grant is to create and strengthen a system of services and supports that maximizes the independence, well-being, and health of persons with TBI across the lifespan, their families, and their caregivers by: 1) supporting and maintaining the Utah Brain Injury Council (TBI Advisory Board), 2) creating a TBI State Registry, 3) enhancing the TBI workforce through professional training, 4) providing information about TBI to families and referrals to appropriate services, and 5) improving local and national coordination and collaboration around TBI services and supports. With a previous grant, TBI was added to the Medical Home Portal to provide additional information about TBI diagnosis and treatment of young children (birth through age 4) for physicians, health care professionals, educators, families, and patients ([]). The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund was established in 2008 by the Utah Legislature as a restricted special revenue fund. The fund consists of gifts, grants, donations, and any other funding from private sources. Individuals with a TBI may receive help with resource facilitation or neuropsychological testing through the TBI Fund. The TBI Fund is designed to be a payor of last resort, meaning individuals have no other financial means available to obtain these services. More information on the TBI Fund can be found at []. The Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fund was established during the 2012 Utah Legislative Session (Section 26-54) as a restricted special revenue fund that consists of gifts, grants, donations, or any other conveyance of money that may be made to the fund from private sources; portion ($20) of the impound fee as designated in Section 41-6a-1406; and amounts as appropriated by the legislature. The Legislature appropriated an initial allocation of $200,000 for State Fiscal Year 2013. The SCI/TBI Rehabilitation Fund provides individuals with spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries with physical, occupational, and speech therapy; and equipment necessary for daily living activities. More information on the SCI/TBI Rehabilitation Fund can be found at [].

Health Program Information

The Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) is a trusted and comprehensive resource for data related to violence and injury. Through education, this information helps promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health. The VIPP goals are to a) focus prevention efforts on reducing intentional and unintentional injury, b) conduct education aimed at increasing awareness and changing behaviors that contribute to the occurrence of injury, c) strengthen local health department capacity to conduct local injury prevention programs, d) promote legislation, policy changes, and enforcement that will reduce injury hazards and increase safe behaviors, e) collaborate with private and public partners, and f) improve the Utah Department of Health and Human Services capacity to collect mortality and morbidity data from multiple sources and conduct injury epidemiology for use in prevention planning, implementation, and evaluation.
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