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Home Injuries, Preventing

  • By: Karin A. Mack & Karen Liller
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

There are approximately 18,000 injury-related deaths at home each year and an average of 21 million medical visits made each year due to home injuries. The home is the second most common location for fatal injuries in the United States, following motor vehicle injuries. Leading causes of home injury deaths include falls, poisonings, fire/burns, choking/suffocations, and drownings, which together constitute 90% of all unintentional home injury deaths. Children younger than 15 years and adults older than age 70 years are at particularly high risk for injuries in the home. Among children 0 to 14 years old, the leading causes of home injury deaths are fire/burns, choking/suffocations, drownings, firearms, and poisonings. Among older adults, the leading causes of home injury deaths are falls, fire/burns, poisonings, ...

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