Top 10 Preventable Injuries

The top three leading causes of preventable injury-related deathpoisoning, motor vehicles, and falls – account for over 82% of all preventable deaths. No other preventable cause of death—including suffocation, drowning, fire and burns, and natural or environmental disasters—accounts for more than 5% of the total.

In contrast, nonfatal emergency department visits are dominated by fall-related injuries, accounting for 31% of all preventable nonfatal injuries. The next two leading causes of preventable injuries – struck by or against objects and overexertion – each account for 10% or more of the injury-related emergency department visits.

Other preventable injury causes accounting for 5% or more of emergency department visits include motor-vehicle occupant injuries, cut and pierce injuries, other specified injuries, and poisonings.

Only three injury causes are in the top 10 for both deaths and nonfatal injuries:

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Fatality Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS).

Nonfatal data: NEISS All Injury Program, Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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