Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Injury: The Leading Cause of Death Among Persons 1–44

From:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In 2010 in the United States, injuries, including all causes of unintentional and violence-related injuries combined, accounted for 50.6% of all deaths among persons ages 1–44 years of age—that is more deaths than non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases combined.
Cause of Death Chart
Injury Deaths Compared to Other Leading Causes of Death for Persons Ages 1–44, United States, 2010

Injury Facts

More than 180,000 deaths from injury each year—1 person every 3 minutes1
Leading cause of death for people ages 1–44 in the U.S.
An estimated 2.5 million people hospitalized with injury each year1
An estimated 31.6 million people treated in Emergency Department for injury each year1
Violence and injuries cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year2


  1. NCIPC: Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
  2. Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR, Associates. Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2006.

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