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Important Facts for 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

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