Comprehensive CDC Child Unintentional Injury Report Released

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a thorough report analyzing mortality statistics for unintentional injuries in children 0 - 19 years of age between the years 2000 - 2009 in the United States. The report summarises trends in unintentional deaths and emphasizes the need for public health action and the adoption of the national child safety action plan for prevention.

The report shows that while motor vehicle deaths have decreased, it still remains the leading cause of injury death. Disturbing increases in teen poisonings were noted, with a 91% increase in the age group 15 - 19. This is being linked to the increase in abuse of prescription drugs. Further increases were also noted in suffocation deaths for infants, which rose 51% and is being linked to co-sleeping or loose bedding.

Please view the report here on the CDC's Website: Vital Signs: Unintentional Injury Deaths Among Persons Age 0 - 19 Years - United States - 2000 - 2009.

Key Points:

  • Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among persons aged 1–19 years and the fifth leading cause of death for newborns and infants aged < 1 year. Nearly two in five deaths among persons aged 1–19 years are caused by unintentional injuries
  • From 2000 to 2009, the overall unintentional injury death rate among persons aged 0–19 years decreased 29%, from 15.5 to 11.0 per 100,000. Motor vehicle traffic–related deaths declined, but remain the leading cause of injury deaths
  • Wide variations in death rates were found among states with the rate for Mississippi more than six times the rate for Massachusetts
  • Unintentional infant suffocation death rates increased 54% during 2000–2009, driving the overall increase in newborn and infant unintentional injury death rates
  • Poisoning death rates increased 91% among persons aged 15–19 years
  • Unintentional injury deaths are preventable, and efforts to increase child and adolescent safety through evidence-based prevention initiatives can reduce death rates even further
  • The National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention provides a framework to address child unintentional injury prevention with specific actions in surveillance, research, communication, education, health care, and public policy. Taking steps to implement the National Action Plan could result in substantial reductions in needless deaths, injuries, and costs associated with injuries among children and adolescents in the United States.

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