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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 10, 2015

Huge Toll From Nonfatal Injuries

JAMA. 2015;314(18):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.14843

A CDC analysis of nonfatal injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments (EDs) found that lifetime medical and work-loss costs related to those injuries—affecting roughly 30 million patients per year—amounted to $456.9 billion in 2013.

Investigators used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System–All Injury Program for 2013, the Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, and other sources to estimate work-loss and medical costs for nonfatal injuries. In 2013, the rate of ED-treated nonfatal injuries resulting in hospitalization was 951 per 100 000 people, and for patients who were treated and released, the rate was 8549 injuries per 100 000 people. Falls accounted for the largest share of the injury costs (37%) followed by transportation-related injuries, primarily vehicle crashes (21%) (Florence C et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[38]:1074-1077).