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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 unintentional 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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