Health Indicator Report of
MVC ED Visits by Geography Type, Utah, 2004-2006
Notes[[br]] [[br]] Residents of frontier Utah counties ("frontier" counties are those with a population density of six or fewer people per square mile) had a lower rate of MVC ED visits than more densely populated areas. The frontier counties had an overall MVC ED visit rate of 61 per 10,000 population in 2004 similar to 68 per 10,000 population in 2006. During this period, residents of the most populated counties of Utah, with population densities of at least 100 people per square mile, had a higher rate of MVC ED visits than less densely populated areas. These urban counties had an overall MVC ED visit rate of 88 per 10,000 population in 2004 similar to 85 per 10,000 population in 2006. However, although urban county residents had the highest MVC ED visit rate, in 2006, 53% of fatal crashes took place in non-urban locations. Residents of rural areas (with at least 6 and no more than 100 people per square mile) had an overall MVC ED visit rate of 79 per 10,000 population in 2004 similar to 77 per 10,000 population in 2006. The differences in rates between the urban, rural, and frontier areas remained statistically significant every year from 2004 through 2006, though it is likely that if trends continue, the 2007 the rates for frontier and rural areas may become similar. [[br]] [[br]] Data are age-adjusted (2000 U.S. standard population). ED visits include all ED visits, not just treat-and-release.
Data SourceEmergency Department Encounter Database, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Utah Department of Health
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