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Motor Vehicles and Falls Cause Most Injuries and Deaths in Children and Adolescents

Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 2 - p 23
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000345423.69121.21
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Unintentional injuries resulted in 73,052 deaths in children and teens and caused an estimated 9.2 million children to visit the ED between 2000 and 2005, reports the CDC. Falls caused most nonfatal injuries (about 2.8 million a year) and were associated with more than half of the nonfatal injuries in children younger than one year. Transportation-related injuries and deaths were highest among children ages 15 to 19. The report, "CDC Childhood Injury Report: Patterns of Unintentional Injuries Among 0–19 Year Olds in the United States, 2000–2006," is available at

The CDC is also launching the "Protect the Ones You Love" initiative to educate parents on how to prevent childhood injuries. For more information, go to

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