Tutorial for WISQARSTM Fatal Injuries

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WISQARS logoWISQARSTM (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data. Learn more about WISQARSTM >>

NOTE TO USERS: The Nonfatal Injury Reports module has been updated with new national-level population estimates based on recently released bridged-race intercensal estimates of the July 1, 2001-July 1, 2009 and April 1, 2010 resident population of the United States. See U.S. Census Populations With Bridged Race Categories. However, population estimates for the Fatal Injury Reports and Violent Death (NVDRS) Reports will not be updated until March or April of 2012 when state level bridged-race intercensal population estimates will be made available.

This tutorial provides a step-by-step overview to getting started with WISQARS Fatal. The purpose of the tutorial is to help you access mortality data quickly and easily. This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of how to interact with a graphical user interface (e.g., Windows 95 or Mac OS) and a web browser (e.g., Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer). For example, this tutorial assumes you understand how to use a mouse to select a button or an item from a menu.

WISQARS Fatal provides mortality data for 1981-1998 and for 1999 in three report formats: mortality (fatal injury) reports, leading causes of death reports, and years of potential life lost (YPLL) reports. A mortality report gives you a statistical table about a particular injury cause and intent of injury, along with other details you specify (such as age range and sex). A leading cause of death report gives you a chart of the most common causes of death for a particular population or range of years, with injury-related causes highlighted in colors (red, blue, and green). A YPLL report provides a measure of premature mortality (early death) for a specific population and a particular year or range of years

  1. You can access a fatal report using three basic steps:
  2. Choose a report type.
  3. Select report options.
  4. Select advanced report options.

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Choose a Report Type

The first step for using WISQARS Fatal is to choose a report type. Your options are fatal injury reports, leading causes of death reports, and years of potential life lost (YPLL) reports. Choose a report type based on your information needs. If you need detailed statistics about a particular fatal injury cause or intent for a particular population–such as homicide for Hispanic residents of the Southwest–then you need a mortality report. If you need information about the most common causes of death for a specific population, then you need a leading causes of death report. If you need statistics that help show whether a cause(s) of death contributes to early death for a specific population, then you need a YPLL report.

  1. To choose a report type, perform the following steps:
  2. Open the WISQARS home page in your Internet browser.
  3. Move your cursor to the middle of the page, underneath the heading “Fatal Injuries.” Select the green “Go” button beside the type of report you want: mortality (fatal injury) report, leading causes of death report, or YPLL report.
    Another menu page displaying choice of year(s) will appear.
  4. Select the year(s) in which you are interested–1998 and earlier or 1999.
    Note: The coding of mortality data changed significantly in 1999 from ICD-9 to ICD-10, so you may not be able to compare number of deaths and death rates from 1998 and before with data from 1999. Some comparability ratios are available. More Information >> The appropriate report options page will appear.

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