What Is Injury?

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.

More facts:

  • 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.)