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Injury Prevention and Safety

Injury Prevention and Safety Overview

Although great strides have been made in reducing injury-related deaths, injury remains the leading cause of death for persons 1 to 44 years of age in the United States. Injuries account for one third of all years of potential life lost (YPLL), an indicator used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to measure premature mortality, before age 65 in the United States. Injuries account for more YPLL than heart disease, cancer and stroke combined, which are the next leading causes of YPLL nationally.

Injury prevention strategies change with the changing child. Parents are challenged at each age to protect their children from needless loss of function and even loss of life itself from injury. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to ask your important questions about safety from cradle to college, from seatbelts to suicide. Together we really can make a difference in children’s health and well being!

Published with permission from the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Columbus Children's Research Institute, 2007.

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Last Reviewed: Jul 29, 2014

Mary M Gottesman, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN Mary M Gottesman, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University

Kelly J Kelleher, MD, MPH Kelly J Kelleher, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor at the College of Public Health
Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Gary A Smith, MD, DrPH Gary A Smith, MD, DrPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, & Emergency Medicine
College of Public Health
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University