Injury Prevention and Control Program
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Last Updated 09/22/2011
Injury is a serious public health problem because of its impact on the health of Nebraskans including premature death, disability, and the burden on our health care system.
The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Injury Prevention Program was established to reduce the incidence and/or severity of injuries to Nebraskans.
The Injury Problem in Nebraska
- Injuries (including intentional and unintentional) are the fourth leading cause of death for Nebraskans.
- Unintentional and intentional injuries are the second leading cause of years of life lost for Nebraskans.
- In Nebraska, falls are the leading cause of all injury hospitalizations and outpatient treatment. Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons ages 5 through 34 years.
- Suicide was the leading cause of injury death for individuals age 35-64.