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Important Facts for Unintentional Injury Deaths


Unintentional deaths due to all causes per 100,000 population. ICD-9 codes E800-E869, E880-E929; ICD-10 codes V01-X59, Y85-Y86.


Number of unintentional injury deaths. (ICD-9 codes E800-E869, E880-E929; ICD-10 codes V01-X59, Y85-Y86)


Total number of persons in the population of Utah.

Why Is This Important?

In Utah, unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death and disability. They account for approximately 1,125 deaths and 9,715 hospitalizations each year. In addition, thousands of less severe injuries are being treated in doctor's offices, clinics, emergency departments, homes, schools, work sites, etc. In 2015, the top five leading causes of unintentional injury death for all ages in Utah were poisoning, motor vehicle traffic crashes, falls, suffocation, and natural/environmental exposure. Most injuries can be prevented by choosing safe behaviors, using safety equipment, and obeying safety laws. High-priority prevention areas include: poisoning, fall-related injury, motor vehicle crash injury, pedestrian injury, and bicycle injury.

Healthy People Objective IVP-11:

Reduce unintentional injury deaths
U.S. Target: 36.4 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: 29.4 deaths per 100,000 population

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators

How Are We Doing?

Utah's annual age-adjusted rate of unintentional injury deaths has been increasing for much of the last decade, from 30.2 per 100,000 population in 2006 to 43.9 in 2015. While several leading causes, such as motor vehicle crash deaths, have generally been decreasing, the rate of poisoning deaths has been increasing, and has been significantly higher than the other causes since 2011. Among local health districts (LHDs) in Utah, unintentional injury death rates for 2013-2015 were highest in the Southeast (79.4), TriCounty (67.0), and Tooele County (64.6) Local Health Districts. Utah County (36.6) and Davis County (38.3) Local Health Districts had the lowest rates. Among Utah Small Areas, Carbon/Emery Counties (88.7) and Southwest LHD (Other) (71.3) had the highest rates during 2013-2015 of unintentional injury deaths per 100,000 population, respectively. SLC (Foothill/U of U) and Pleasant Grove/Lindon had the lowest rates, at 23.1 and 26.9 per 100,000 population, respectively. Based on 2013-2015 data, Native Americans/Alaska Natives have significantly higher rates (69.65 per 100,000 population) of unintentional injury deaths than White Utahns (41.65), while Hispanics (54.7 per 100,000 population) had significantly higher rates compared to those of non-Hispanics (43.6).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Since 2000, the U.S. unintentional injury death rate has remained fairly steady. However, Utah's rate has been increasing in recent years; though it was significantly lower than the national rate from 2003 to 2008, Utah's rate surpassed the national rate in 2010, and was significantly higher than the U.S. rate from 2011 to 2014. In 2015 the state rate declined and was similar to the national rate.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) is working with several agencies, such as the Utah Department of Public Safety, Primary Children's Medical Center, and Utah's 13 local health departments to promote the use of safety belts, child safety seats, booster seats, and helmets in an effort to further reduce unintentional injury deaths. Most injuries can be prevented by choosing safe behaviors, using safety equipment, and obeying safety laws. High-priority prevention areas include motor vehicle crash injury, pedestrian injury, bicycle injury, and fall-related injury.

Health Program Information

VIPP collaborates with the Utah Office of Highway Safety, Zero Fatalities campaign, and local health departments to conduct educational campaigns which target 16- to 19-year-old drivers, young pedestrians, law enforcement, etc. as funding allows. The Utah SAFE KIDS Coalition works to prevent unintentional injuries among children through raising community awareness, influencing policies, promoting safety, and establishing private/public partnerships. Inspections and instructions on the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and bicycle helmets are offered routinely to the public with car seat checkpoints and helmet education and distribution statewide. The Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) is a trusted and comprehensive resource for data related to violence and injury. Through education, this information helps promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health. VIPP goals are to a) focus prevention efforts on reducing intentional and unintentional injury, b) conduct education aimed at increasing awareness and changing behaviors that contribute to the occurrence of injury, c) strengthen local health department capacity to conduct local injury prevention programs, d) promote legislation, policy changes, and enforcement that will reduce injury hazards and increase safe behaviors, e) collaborate with private and public partners, and f) improve the Utah Department of Health capacity to collect mortality and morbidity data from multiple sources and conduct injury epidemiology for use in prevention planning, implementation, and evaluation.
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