June is National Safety Month and it focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in the last decade, trauma deaths increased by 22.8%, making it the leading cause of years of potential life lost. In Arizona, the rate of traumatic injury continues to increase as seen in the graph below.
In the 2017 State Trauma Advisory Board’s Annual report, it indicates that males are involved in three times as many assault-related traumas as females and have a two times higher mortality rate. The report also includes mechanisms of injury and show that unintentional injuries account for the majority of all traumas in Arizona and nationally. The top mechanism for injury was due to falls followed by Motor Vehicle Traffic and Struck by/Against.
Let us know your thoughts about these staggering results. Creating meaningful conversations about health issues affecting the people of our state is one more way to create awareness and work toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!
The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma System is responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting on data obtained from designated trauma centers and participating EMS agencies to enhance the EMS and Trauma System in Arizona. To view the entire State Trauma Advisory Board Annual Report, click here.