Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations
Goal: Reduce injuries, disabilities, and deaths due to unintentional injuries and violence.
15-9. Reduce deaths caused by suffocation.
DNA =Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU =Data are statistically unreliable.
In 1997, 10,650 persons died from suffocation. In the same year, 934 children aged 14 years and under died from suffocation. Of these children, 64 percent were aged 4 years and under.(33) Approximately 5,000 children aged 14 years and under are treated in hospital EDs for aspirating and ingesting toys and toy parts each year. The majority of childhood suffocations, strangulations, and chokings occur in the home. The total annual cost of airway obstruction injury among children aged 14 and under exceeds $1.5 billion. Children aged 4 years and under account for more than 60 percent of these costs. It is estimated that as many as 30 percent of the infants whose deaths are attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) each year are found in potentially suffocating environments, frequently on their stomachs, with their noses and mouths covered by soft bedding.(34)
Last modified: 22-Aug-2001.