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JFK Recognizes Brain Injury Awareness Month

Photos2March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) annually, and it is a contributing factor for nearly a third of injury-related deaths.

"Very few places in the country have all the resources needed for complex cases all under one roof, the way we do at JFK," explains Dr. Brian D. Greenwald, Medical Director of the JFK Center for Head Injuries and Associate Medical Director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. "At JFK, we have acute rehabilitation care attached to an acute care hospital with expert specialty physicians to consult if complications arise. JFK continues to care for people, if needed, in subacute rehabilitation, home care and outpatient services. We have it all, so we can address everything from the early acute care needs of patients to their long-term rehabilitation needs."

The Brain Injury Association of America cites the most common causes of brain injury as vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries and violence. To prevent injury, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute encourages community members to think ahead and make the following smart choices for brain injury prevention:

"With appropriate rehabilitation from professionals like our team at JFK, patients can improve dramatically, even after a severe brain injury," adds Dr. Greenwald. "For example, a study published January 2013, titled Longitudinal Outcome of Patients with Disordered Consciousness in the NIDRRTBI Model Systems Programs, indicates that more than 20 percent of people with the most severe brain trauma are eventually able to live independently and return to employment."

For more information on brain injury rehabilitation or prevention, visit the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey online at www.bianj.org.

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