Injury is a serious public health issue. In fact, it is the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in the US. Some facts:
- 1 person dies from injury every 3 minutes.
- More than 2.5 million people are hospitalized with injury each year.
- More than 31.6 million people are treated in Emergency Department for injury each year.
- More than $465 billion is spent annually in medical costs and lost productivity.
Injury is a very broad area of study, encompassing motor vehicle crash (and other transportation-related injuries), substance abuse, violence, elderly falls, sports injury, acute care (injury response), prescription drug overdose, and much more.
- Each year, more than 50 million people are injured seriously enough to require medical treatment.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged 5 to 34.
- One in three senior adults (65+) falls each year; some 20-30% suffer moderate to severe injuries.
- Violence accounts for nearly 51,000 deaths in the US each year.
- Unintentional poisoning deaths in the US increased by 160% from 1999 to 2009. (In fact, for people aged 25 to 64, unintentional poisoning caused more deaths than motor vehicle crashes.)