DefinitionThe number of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury per 10,000 population
NumeratorThe number of New Mexico residents who visited a non-federal emergency department with a primary diagnosis of traumatic brain injury during the period.
DenominatorThe mid-year estimated population
Data Interpretation IssuesNew Mexico ED Visit data are collected by and for the Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health from individual non-federal licensed facilities in the state as reportable conditions in accord with written requests by EHEB and is not part of the E-Reporting efforts. 126.96.36.199 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT REPORTING: A. Reporting requirements: Hospitals shall report all emergency department visits electronically to the department of health in such a format, with such data elements and in accordance with such standards of quality, timeliness and completeness as established by the department of health. B. Confidentiality: All emergency department visit reports are confidential. Disclosure to any person of report information, except for disclosure of a notifiable condition for the purpose of prevention or control of diseases and other health conditions, is prohibited unless disclosure is required by law. [188.8.131.52 NMAC - Rp, 184.108.40.206 NMAC and 220.127.116.11 NMAC, 04/30/2009]
Why Is This Important?In 2013, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which can lead to death or permanent disability, contributed to 2.8 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths nationwide. Furthermore, rates of TBI-related emergency department visits in the United States increased by 47% between 2007-2013. The leading causes of TBI are falls, followed by being struck by or against an object, and then motor vehicle crashes. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults.
Healthy People Objective: IVP-2.3, Reduce emergency department visits for nonfatal traumatic brain injuriesU.S. Target: 366.5 emergency department visits per 100,000 population