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Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations

Chapter 15

Injury and Violence Prevention
Lead Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Goal: Reduce injuries, disabilities, and deaths due to unintentional injuries and violence.

15-12. Reduce hospital emergency department visits caused by injuries.

112 hospital emergency department visits per 1,000 population.

Baseline: 130 hospital emergency department visits per 1,000 population were caused by injury in 1997.

Target setting method: Better than the best.

Data source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), CDC, NCHS.

Total Population, 1997 Injury-Related
Hospital Emergency Department

Rate per 1,000
Race and ethnicity  
American Indian or Alaska Native DSU
Asian or Pacific Islander DSU
  Asian DSU
  Native Hawaiian - Pacific Islander DSU
Black or African American 180
White 125
Hispanic or Latino DSU
Not Hispanic or Latino DSU
  Black or African American DSU
  White DSU
Female 115
Male 145
Education level  
Less than high school DNC
High school graduate DNC
At least some college DNC

DNA = Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU = Data are statistically unreliable.

Emergency department (ED) patient records and hospital discharge systems are an important source of public health surveillance and an integral part of the vision of electronically linked health information systems that can serve multiple purposes. Because of the volume and case mix of patients they treat, EDs are well positioned to provide data on cause and severity of injuries. Access to such data can help with the development of population-based public health interventions.

Read Operational Definition for this Objective

Read Overview of Injuries

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Rev. 20-Aug-2001 at 06:50 hours.