Every year, there are approximately 12,500 deaths, 80,000 hospitalizations and 643,000 emergency room visits related to pediatric traumatic brain injury (PTBI) for children and young adults ages 25 years and younger in the United States. Research from the Center for Injury Research and Policy related to the health care burden of PTBI was cited in the Congressional Resolution on Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury in October 2009. This resolution: (1) recognizes that Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States for children and young adults from birth up to 25 years of age, (2) endorses the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan as the method to prevent future injuries and treat those currently suffering from a PABI, and (3) encourages all Federal, State and local governments to implement the PABI plan.
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