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Complete Indicator Profile of Unintentional Falls Deaths

Definition

Falls include all resident deaths where an unintentional fall was coded as the underlying (primary) cause of death.

Numerator

Number of unintentional falls (ICD-10: W00-W19)

Denominator

Total resident population

Why Is This Important?

"In 2007, falls yielded the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the state and the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and emergency department visits. More than 75% of falls occur in adults aged more than 65 years. Fall-related deaths are expected to increase as the population in the state increases and ages." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Unintentional Falls Mortality Rate North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
North Carolina 2008 8.1 743
North Carolina 2009 9.1 837
North Carolina 2010 9.0 854
North Carolina 2011 8.9 883
North Carolina 2012 9.1 8.5 9.7 930
HNC 2020 Target 2008 5.3
HNC 2020 Target 2009 5.3
HNC 2020 Target 2010 5.3
HNC 2020 Target 2011 5.3
HNC 2020 Target 2012 5.3

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Unintentional Falls Mortality Rate by County, 2008-2012

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County Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Alamance 10.7 8.5 12.9 99
Alexander ** 15
Alleghany ** 7
Anson ** 10
Ashe ** 17
Avery ** 9
Beaufort 9.9 6.4 13.4 31
Bertie ** 9
Bladen ** 10
Brunswick 5.9 4.1 7.7 41
Buncombe 14.5 12.7 16.3 235
Burke 7.1 4.9 9.3 39
Cabarrus 17.9 15.0 20.8 139
Caldwell 9.4 6.7 12.1 44
Camden ** 3
Carteret 5.9 3.7 8.1 27
Caswell 16.6 9.9 23.3 24
Catawba 9.0 7.0 11.0 75
Chatham 4.5 2.7 6.3 23
Cherokee ** 18
Chowan ** 8
Clay ** 10
Cleveland 14.3 11.2 17.4 77
Columbus ** 15
Craven 6.5 4.5 8.5 40
Cumberland 8.6 6.8 10.4 99
Currituck ** 10
Dare ** 17
Davidson 5.2 3.6 6.8 44
Davie 9.4 5.7 13.1 24
Duplin ** 17
Durham 8.7 6.9 10.5 101
Edgecombe ** 19
Forsyth 9.8 8.4 11.2 184
Franklin ** 17
Gaston 8.8 7.0 10.6 94
Gates ** 4
Graham ** 5
Granville ** 19
Greene ** 9
Guilford 15.1 13.5 16.7 376
Halifax ** 18
Harnett 6.6 4.2 9.0 28
Haywood 8.3 5.6 11.0 37
Henderson 14.0 11.6 16.4 135
Hertford ** 12
Hoke ** 5
Hyde ** 5
Iredell 7.8 5.8 9.8 59
Jackson 10.4 5.9 14.9 21
Johnston 14.2 11.3 17.1 86
Jones ** 1
Lee ** 16
Lenoir 7.6 4.7 10.5 27
Lincoln 6.8 4.1 9.5 23
Macon 10.2 6.7 13.7 31
Madison ** 15
Martin ** 14
McDowell 10.1 6.4 13.8 28
Mecklenburg 6.5 5.7 7.3 234
Mitchell ** 8
Montgomery ** 10
Moore 3.9 2.5 5.3 33
Nash 5.7 3.5 7.9 29
New Hanover 7.0 5.4 8.6 79
Northampton ** 9
Onslow 6.1 3.9 8.3 29
Orange 5.9 3.7 8.1 29
Pamlico ** 9
Pasquotank 8.9 5.0 12.8 20
Pender ** 13
Perquimans ** 6
Person ** 8
Pitt 12.4 9.7 15.1 83
Polk ** 14
Randolph 11.1 8.7 13.5 84
Richmond ** 12
Robeson 5.6 3.6 7.6 33
Rockingham 9.5 7.0 12.0 57
Rowan 10.5 8.3 12.7 84
Rutherford 5.0 2.8 7.2 22
Sampson 11.9 8.2 15.6 41
Scotland ** 15
Stanly 7.8 4.9 10.7 28
Stokes 12.2 7.9 16.5 32
Surry 9.0 6.3 11.7 41
Swain ** 9
Transylvania 7.0 4.1 9.9 22
Tyrrell ** 2
Union 7.6 5.6 9.6 55
Vance ** 15
Wake 7.6 6.6 8.6 246
Warren ** 6
Washington ** 4
Watauga 13.2 8.5 17.9 31
Wayne 7.0 4.8 9.2 42
Wilkes 7.3 4.8 9.8 32
Wilson 13.1 9.8 16.4 58
Yadkin 11.1 6.8 15.4 26
Yancey ** 12
North Carolina 8.8 8.6 9.0 4,247
United States 7.9 7.8 8.0

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  **Rates are displayed only for counties that have a minimum of 20 deaths. U.S. data are for 2010.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Unintentional Falls Mortality Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2012

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Race/Ethnicity Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Total 9.1 8.5 9.7 930
White (Non-Hispanic) 10.2 9.5 10.9 833
Black (Non-Hispanic) 4.7 3.7 5.8 83
American Indian (Non-Hispanic) ** 4
Other (Non-Hispanic) ** 2
Hispanic ** 8

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard. 

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