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Unintentional Injuries - Hospitalizations & Mortalities (Three-Year Average)

Data Provider: NYS Department of Health

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Related Indicators:

  • Unintentional Injuries-Hospitalizations 0-19 yrs [view data]
  • Unintentional Injuries-Mortality 0-19 yrs [view data]

Life Area:

Physical and Emotional Health

Definition:

The unintentional injury hospitalization rate is based on the number of hospitalizations for unintentional injuries per 100,000 children and youth aged birth through 19 years. The unintentional injury mortality rate is based on the number of deaths for unintentional injuries per 100,000 children and youth ages birth through 19 years. Unintentional injuries includes events such as motor vehicle crashes, drowning, fires and falls.

Because many of the Physical and Emotional Health Indicators describe relatively rare events in many counties, the numbers and rates for these indicators are presented as three-year averages. Three-year averaging improves the reliability of the data in counties with small populations where slight variations in the number of hospitalizations or deaths can result in large fluctuations in their annual rates. So that all of the Physical and Emotional Health Indicators can be consistently presented, all are presented as three-year averages.

Significance:

Injuries that are so serious as to cause hospitalization may result in temporary or permanent disability. They are among the leading causes of death for children and youth and are one of the most preventable.

Findings:

  • In 2012-2014 unintentional injury hospitalization rates among New York State children aged birth through 19 years was 216.2 per 100,000, a decline from 228.2 per 100,000 in 2001-2013. The hospitalization rate in New York City (248.3 per 100, 000) was higher than Rest of State (193.3 per 100,000).
  • In 2012-2014 the mortality rate due to unintentional injuries among New York State children ages birth through 19 years was 5.3 per 100,000. Unintentional injury mortality rates in Rest of State (6.4 per 100, 000) was about two times of New York City (3.7 per 100,000). 

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