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QuickStats: Percentage of Injury Deaths* for Which Death Was Pronounced Outside of a Hospital, by Leading Mechanism of Injury Death§ --- United States, 2005

In 2005, 62% of all injury deaths occurred outside of a hospital. Seventy-five percent of persons who died as a result of poisoning or firearm-related injuries, compared with 32% of persons who died from falls, died outside of a hospital.

* Includes deaths from unintentional injuries, suicides, homicides, deaths of undetermined intent, and deaths attributed to legal intervention.

Includes deaths pronounced in homes, in hospice facilities, in nursing homes, on arrival to hospital, and in other places outside of a hospital, clinic, emergency department, or medical center. Place of death was not specified for 0.5% of all injury deaths; these were excluded from the percentage calculations.

§ Mechanisms are mutually exclusive.

In 2005, 62% of all injury deaths occurred outside of a hospital. Seventy-five percent of persons who died as a result of poisoning or firearm-related injuries, compared with 32% of persons who died from falls, died outside of a hospital.

SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, mortality data (based on death certificate information), 2005. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/dvs/vitalstatsonline.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 10/15/2008

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