Injuries—including unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide, are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44.
The consequences of injuries can be extensive and wide ranging. Injuries have physical, emotional, and financial consequences that can impact the lives of individuals, their families, and society. Some injuries can result in temporary or long-term disability. Injuries also place an enormous burden on hospital emergency departments (EDs) and trauma care systems, accounting for approximately one third of all emergency department visits and 8% of all hospital stays.
CDC works to improve injury care and response practices by improving field triage, acute care, and mass casualty event response to help improve outcomes for those who are injured. CDC recognizes that injuries do occur, despite our best efforts at prevention.
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