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March 12, 2008

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or


DHHS Releases Injury Report

Lincoln—A report released by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shows injury rates across the state by public health jurisdiction.

"Each year nearly 900 Nebraskans die, and more than 145,000 seek treatment at a hospital because of injuries," said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. "This report will enable local health departments to target prevention initiatives at the kinds of injuries that are occurring in their regions."

One of the Division of Public Health’s priorities is to be the trusted source of health data, Dr. Schaefer said. "This report is a good example of the data available for planners, researchers and everyone in the public health community."

Injuries, including unintentional, intentional and undetermined intent injuries, were the fourth leading cause of death in Nebraska for the years 1999-2003. The death rate for Nebraska was 48.9 deaths per 100,000 population.

Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of injury death in Nebraska, with a rate of 13.6 per 100,000. Suicide, falls and homicide ranked second, third and fourth on the list of causes of injury death. The rates for the three causes were 10.6, 7.0 and 3.2 per 100,000, respectively.

As for hospital treatments, the rate for all injury was 7,942 per 100,000. Falls were the leading cause of hospital treatment, followed by being struck by or against an object (2nd), cutting or piercing (3rd), and motor vehicle crashes (4th).

Rates for both deaths and hospital discharges vary by local health department region. Find out more at

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