On an average day in 2007, eight Massachusetts residents died of injuries, more than 185 were hospitalized, and nearly 2,000 were treated at emergency departments for injuries. Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages one to 44 years of age and are the third leading cause of death for all ages combined. In fact, injuries result in more deaths of children and youth ages one to 19 years than all other causes combined. In 2007, there were nearly 3,000 deaths, 60,000 hospitalizations, and more than 700,000 emergency department (ED) visits because of injuries.

This chapter focuses on unintentional injury, including falls, motor crashes, fires and drowning. More information on intentional injuries - such as suicide and homicide - are featured in chapters 12 and 13.

In this chapter

Unintentional Injury - Traumatic Brain Injuries - Falls Among Older Adults (65+ Years) - Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries - Pedestrian Injuries - Fire Injuries - Drowning/Near Drowning - Poisoning - Strategies for Injury Prevention - Policy Perspective: Cindy Rodgers, MPH, Former Director, Injury Prevention and Control Program, MDPH

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This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.