DefinitionInjury deaths among children aged 0-19 due to all causes per 100,000 children (ICD-10 codes V01-Y36, Y85-Y87, Y89, *U01-*U03)
NumeratorNumber of injury deaths among children aged 0-19 (ICD-10 codes V01-Y36, Y85-Y87, Y89, *U01-*U03)
DenominatorTotal number of children aged 0-19 in the population of Utah
Why Is This Important?Child injury death has devastating impacts on our communities and is often preventable.
From 2009 to 2018, injury deaths accounted for 1,476 (30%) of the 4,896 deaths among children aged 0-19. In addition to these deaths, thousands of other children were injured and treated in hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, emergency departments, homes, schools, and work sites.
From 2009 to 2018, the leading causes of injury death for children aged 0-19 in Utah were suicide, motor vehicle crashes, suffocation/safe sleep, firearms, poisoning, drowning/submersion, and falls.
Prevention is key. All Utah children should have safe, stable, and nurturing environments and relationships. Safe behaviors should be taught, safety equipment should be utilized, and obeying safety laws should be the expectation. High-priority prevention areas include: suicide prevention, motor vehicle safety, choking awareness/safe sleep education, and firearm safety.