Create Maps of Fatal Injuries through the New WISQARS™ Fatal Injury Mapping Module

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is pleased to release a new This map shows geospatially smoothed, age-adjusted motor vehicle traffic death rates by county (highest rates are shown in brown). Motor vehicle traffic death rates were generally higher in rural areas in the United States from 2000 to 2006.

This map shows geospatially smoothed, age-adjusted motor vehicle traffic death rates by county (highest rates are shown in brown). Motor vehicle traffic death rates were generally higher in rural areas in the United States from 2000 to 2006.

“The WISQARS Mapping Module is quickly becoming an indispensable tool in our injury prevention work, including in the area of motor vehicle safety. Through these maps, we can rapidly identify geographic patterns in injury death rates. As a result, we are able to tailor our interventions to the regions in greatest need, even down to the county-level. Being able to compare injury death rates with such specificity and ease will be a real asset as we continue our work to keep people healthy and safe on the road—every day.

Dr. Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

The new Fatal Injury Mapping Module has many useful features, including that it:

  • Defines injury-related deaths in terms of intent (e.g., unintentional, homicide, suicide) and mechanism of injury (e.g., motor-vehicle traffic, fall, fire or burn, poisoning, cut or pierce).
  • Generates county-level maps using 7 years of data, the amount needed to produce reliable county-level injury-related death rates.
  • Helps users compare injury rates across specified geographic areas and monitor fatal injuries and their associated burden in the United States.
  • Provides annualized estimates of total lifetime medical and work-loss costs resulting from injury-related deaths based on 2005 costs that are provided for counties within individual states.
  • Shows the distribution of injury-related death rates nationally, regionally, and by individual states and counties.

Insights gained from maps generated by the WISQARSTM Fatal Mapping Module also will help raise awareness of injuries as a leading cause of death for various populations. Public health officials can use these maps to aid in program planning and evaluation activities, reporters can create maps for visual complements to injury-related news stories, and policy makers when developing injury-prevention programs and legislation can reference these maps to better illustrate injury-related death rate patterns in their jurisdictions.

The new Fatal Injury Mapping Module and more information about WISQARSTM is available at: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars.