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New Jersey Central Nervous System Injury Surveillance


About CNS Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) surveillance has been conducted in the Center for Health Statistics (CHS) since 1994. Incidence reports for TBI in New Jersey for 1994, 1997, and 1999 are featured below. In 2001, CHS was awarded a four–year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct TBI surveillance and validation. CHS was also awarded supplemental funds to conduct spinal cord injury (SCI) surveillance and validation in New Jersey.

Under the conditions of the cooperative agreement, CHS was required to submit TBI and SCI incidence data for 2000 to 2003 to CDC to contribute to a multi-state central nervous system (CNS) surveillance system. Years 2000 to 2002 have been submitted, 2003 will be submitted soon. Variables for these data were collected through a manual review of medical records for a representative sample of TBI cases and all SCI cases hospitalized in New Jersey. Featured below is the first in a series of annual Central Nervous System Injury incidence reports.

To continue and expand our CNS surveillance efforts, CHS has established working relationships with the state-designated Trauma Centers. Starting with 2003 cases, the Trauma Centers began submitting data from their trauma registries on all TBI and SCI cases. CHS receives the same data elements they already submit for inclusion in the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB).

In 2005, with the establishment of the Office of Injury Surveillance and Prevention (OISP), all CNS surveillance-related activities were moved under OISP. OISP, in conjunction with the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research and the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, also developed a CNS Registry, which enables the non-trauma center hospitals in New Jersey to directly enter data on all TBI and SCI cases for submission to OISP.

While these data have obvious value for those concerned with TBI and SCI, they can also be viewed as proxies for serious injuries in general. The leading causes of TBI and SCI are also the leading causes of serious injury overall: motor vehicle crashes, unintentional falls and intentional injuries. Injury prevention efforts should be focused on these major causes of injury hospitalization and death.



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