Unintentional (accidental) deaths are defined as the following: cut/piercing, drowning, falls, fire/burn, firearm, non-firearm/machinery, natural/environmental. overexertion, poisoning (drug or non-drug), struck by/against, suffocation, terrorism, and transportation-related (motor vehicle, pedal cyclist, pedestrian, water-transport).
CDC WISQARS, https://wisqars.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe
Key highlights of trauma and injury prevention for the state of Indiana are:
- Injury is the leading cause of death for Hoosiers under the age of 45 and the fifth leading cause of death for Hoosiers of all ages.
- Problems posed by injury are most acute in our rural areas.
- A major way that states address the problem of trauma is through the design, implementation and oversight of a statewide trauma system. The IDOH has that statutory responsibility in Indiana.
- Indiana has in place several elements of a statewide trauma system, but we don’t yet have what can honestly be described as a “system.” Other challenges with our current approach to trauma include:
- We don’t have enough EMS providers, especially in rural areas.
- There aren’t enough trauma centers.
- At the state level, not all components of the trauma system are located in the same state agency.