WISQARS™ Fatal Injury Mapping Help Menu

1. Fatal Injury Mapping – Overview

WISQARSTM Fatal Injury Mapping provides national, regional, and state maps showing statewide and county-level annualized injury death rates. To accomplish this, WISQARSTM uses annual mortality data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics.1 For more information about this mortality data, see the section Data Sources.

You can request a map by:

  • all injury (all types of injuries) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) only,
  • intent (manner) of injury,
  • mechanism (cause) of injury,
  • geographic coverage (national, multi-state census region, or individual state),
  • years of report,
  • race,
  • Hispanic origin,
  • sex, and
  • age (all ages, fixed 5-year age groups alone or in combination, and custom age ranges).

You can request maps that show:

  • crude death rates or
  • age-adjusted death rates.

Maps of individual states always show individual counties. For national or regional maps, however, you can switch between two different levels of geographic detail:

  • state or
  • county.

In maps that show county-level geographic detail you can also request that geospatial smoothing be applied (which can sometimes help clarify geographic patterns in the rates). The available options are:

  • no smoothing or
  • smoothing.

Other mapping options include:

  • the number of rate intervals (number of different colors to use for mapping rates), and
  • several choices of color scheme.

While viewing any map, there are also options that allow you to:

  • save the map image,
  • export the map data, and
  • generate a printable view combining the map and the query screen.

WISQARSTM Fatal Injury Mapping