Indiana Injury Facts
- Injury is the leading cause of death for Hoosiers ages 1 through 44 years (WISQARS).
- The leading causes of injury death in Indiana in 2010 were unintentional poisoning (790 deaths), motor vehicle collisions (690 deaths), and suicide by firearm (458 deaths) (WISQARS).
- In 2011, 2,689 Hoosiers died from unintentional injury (the term “unintentional” is preferred to the term “accidental”), the 5th leading cause of death (ISDH).
- In 2011, 872 Hoosiers died by suicide and 311 died from homicide (intentional injury), resulting in 4,027 total injury deaths (ISDH).
- Hoosier deaths from accidental drug overdoses increased to 718 in 2011 compared to 654 deaths from the year before (ISDH).
- From 2005–2009, 65% of injury deaths were from unintentional injury, 21% from suicide, 9% from homicide, and 5% from undetermined causes (WISQARS).
- More than 33,000 Hoosiers are hospitalized and over 600,000 visit emergencies for injuries each year (ISDH).
- The total Indiana hospital charges for care rendered to patients related to injury or trauma in 2009 was over $690 million. The average charges per patient were $30,000 and the average length of stay was four days (ISDH).
- The estimated medical and work loss lifetime costs associated with motor vehicle crash fatalities for Indiana in 2005 totaled over $780 million (WISQARS).
- The estimated economic impact of motor vehicle crashes for Indiana in 2005 was more than $883 million. Motor vehicle traffic collisions killed 947 Hoosiers in 2011. (WISQARS)
United States Injury Facts
- More than 180,000 people die from injuries each year—1 person every 3 minutes (WISQARS)
- Injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1–44 years in the United States (WISQARS).
- More than 2.8 million people are hospitalized with injury each year (WISQARS).
- More than 31 million people are treated in U.S. Emergency Department for injury each year (WISQARS).
- More than $406 billion annually in injury-related medical costs and lost productivity (WISQARS).
- In 2010, motor vehicle collisions contributed to over 4.3 million Emergency Department visits and is the leading cause of injury death in the United States (WISQARS).
*Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, WISQARS, and Indiana State Health Department (ISDH) Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, 2011
The ISDH Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention will disseminate descriptive statistical information to those entities throughout the state having an interest in preventive control strategies. The program's goal is to develop a functional surveillance system for all injuries and establish a core injury team for the state.
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Injury Prevention Epidemiologist, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention