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Injuries and Fatalities

State Injury Indicators Report
Clinical professionals who are interested in personal safety for consumers served by California’s twenty-one regional centers may be interested in extensive data (including California’s) that may be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site. The State Injury Indicators Surveillance Report is not specific to persons with developmental disabilities but provides comparative data when reviewing Special Incident Reports, summary reports and trend analyses.

Twelve state health departments voluntarily contributed to this new surveillance effort. Injury surveillance “determines the magnitude of morbidity and mortality, the leading causes of injury, and the population groups and behaviors associated with the greatest risk.” (CDC)

This 37-page report includes an overview of injuries in the United States; health outcome data for seven types of injuries; data on factors that can increase or decrease injury risk; charts depicting data collected; and, strategies for injury prevention. An Adobe Acrobat reader is necessary to read this online or it may be ordered by calling 1-770-488-1506. To view go to: and page down until you come to State Injury Indicators Report. That will open to a link for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists website. California is one of the twelve states contributing to this data.

Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) offers a tool for use by researchers, practitioners, and the public to obtain fatal and nonfatal injury reports. It is available at This interactive site enables you to generate customized reports by selecting preferred choices from an array of many options.

The Fatal WISQARS provides mortality data relating to injury. Data may be sorted by type of injury, prevalence and demographics. This data may help to identify persons at risk as well as identify trends.

The Nonfatal WISQARS provides information and estimates about nonfatal injuries that were treated in hospital emergency departments only. Customized reports can be generated for nonfatal injuries including the leading causes of these types of injuries. Statistical tables are provided and include selections relating to factors such as age range and gender.

Both the State Injury Indicators Report and the WISQARS™ tool may be useful to Risk Committees and to practitioners when reviewing data on injuries and fatalities. Although not specific to persons with developmental disabilities, it may aid in providing expected norms and assist in developing risk mitigation and prevention strategies.


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