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Health Indicator Report of Injury - Traumatic Brain Injury Emergency Department Visits

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.
New Mexico emergency department visit counts do not include New Mexico residents who were transported to hospitals outside New Mexico. For instance, New Mexico residents injured in Dona Ana County may be transferred to a trauma center in El Paso.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as "a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury." The data include 2016 record level information of all New Mexico resident traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients who have visited a non-federal emergency department. The data were compiled using the following ICD10 codes: S020XXA S020XXB S0210XA S02113A S02118A S02118B S02119A S0219XA S0219XB S028XXA S0291XB S060X0A S060X1A S060X9A S061X9A, S060X9A S061X9A S062X0A S062X9A S06300A S064X0A S064X1A S064X9A S065X0A S065X9A S066X0A S066X7A S066X9A, S069X9A T744XXA S0402 S0403 S0404 S071

Data Sources

  • Emergency Department (ED) dataset, Health Systems Epidemiology Program, New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,

Data Interpretation Issues

New 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. 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. [ NMAC - Rp, NMAC and NMAC, 04/30/2009]


The number of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury per 10,000 population


The number of New Mexico residents who visited a non-federal emergency department with a primary diagnosis of traumatic brain injury during the period.


The mid-year estimated population

Healthy People Objective: IVP-2.3, Reduce emergency department visits for nonfatal traumatic brain injuries

U.S. Target: 366.5 emergency department visits per 100,000 population
Page Content Updated On 05/11/2018, Published on 01/10/2019
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Content updated: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:08:24 MST