Center for Injury Research and Policy Injury in Ohio

Injury in Ohio

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability throughout the United States. In 2006, unintentional injuries were the fifth-leading cause of death for Ohioans of all ages, and the leading cause of death for Ohioans ages 1-44 years. Most injuries do not result in death, but can have considerable long-term medical and economic consequences. Approximately one-third of all U.S. emergency department visits and 8 percent of inpatient hospitalizations are the result of injuries. Annually, more than 50 million injuries require medical attention with an estimated total cost of over $406 billion, including $80 billion in medical costs and $326 billion in productivity losses.

Description of the report: "Injury in Ohio"

The burden of injury among Ohio residents from 2005 through 2007 is examined in the Injury in Ohio report which was released in 2010. Data for this report were derived from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s crash records, emergency medical services (EMS) records, and trauma registry; the Ohio Hospital Association’s hospital emergency department (ED) and inpatient discharge databases; and the Ohio Department of Health’s death certificate database.

The findings of this report clearly demonstrate that injuries are an important cause of morbidity and mortality among Ohioans of all ages. While the cause and/or intent of injury may differ among genders and age groups, injuries have a substantial medical and economic impact for all, resulting in more than $10 billion in hospital charges and 2 million days of hospitalization during 2005-2007.  Evidence-based, targeted prevention initiatives at the state and local levels must continue to be implemented and evaluated to reduce the burden of injury in Ohio.

To view the complete Injury in Ohio report and the one page research briefs that accompany the report, visit:

Data Sources for the Burdern of Injury in Ohio, 2005-2007 Report

  • Crash records: Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Emergency Medical Services records: Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Hospital discharge (ED and inpatient) records: Ohio Hospital Association
  • Ohio Trauma Registry: Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Death certificates: Ohio Department of Health

Participating Organizations*

Data for the Injury in Ohio report were obtained from the following participating organizations:


The Injury in Ohio report was developed with support from a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Additional Resources

To read a full copy of the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury report and its recommendations for the prevention of injury in Ohio, visit:

*Links to other organizations found at this site are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, The Research Institute or Nationwide Children's Hospital, and none should be inferred. The Center for Injury Research and Policy is not responsible for the content of the individual organization web pages found at these links.

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