BRAIN INJURY IN ALASKA

Each year 610 people are hospitalized for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Alaska, according to the Alaska State Trauma Registry Hospitalization Data compiled by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). This information was created to provide all Alaskans with the incidence rates (number) of brain injuries in their region as well as how we can work to prevent them. This information includes current data through 2008. Please note that nationally falls result in brain injuries more than any other cause.


STATISTICS

  • Alaska has one of the highest rates of TBI in the nation
  • There are an estimated 10,000 Alaskans living with disability due to brain injury
  • Each year 800 Alaskans are hospitalized (more than new diagnoses for breast and lung cancer combined)
  • 150 Alaskans die due to brain injury each year
  • An estimated 38% of hospitalizations from brain injury result in permanent disability
  • An estimated 247 Alaskans become permanently disabled due to traumatic brain injury each year
  • Alaska is among a small number of states that lack a TBI rehabilitation program

Different Age Groups have different activities that result in highest numbers of TBI:

AGE
Activities with the Most TBI
0-9
Falls
10-19
Motor Vehicle / ATV, Snow Machine
20-39
Motor Vehicle, Assault
40+
Falls, Motor Vehicle