Fatal Injuries, Michigan

The Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics' Fatal Injuries Web site presents the number of fatal injuries and rates per 100,000 population by age, gender and cause of injury for Michigan residents.  This web site is intended for state and local health officers, researchers and others who need detailed information on external causes of fatal injuries.Development of this Web site was done in cooperation with the Bureau of Epidemiology and the Injury Prevention Section of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control. Part of the injury control and prevention activities of the Bureau and Injury Prevention Section are funded by a Core Injury Capacity-Building grant from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fatal injuries have been categorized into four major groups: Unintentional Injuries, Homicides,  Suicides, and Other Injuries. The data were further divided into more detailed causes. They are grouped according to the recommendations from the standard definitions the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) uses in creating data tables from the hospital discharge and death data.

Unintentional deaths include deaths due to vehicle traffic accidents and other accidents such as falls, accidental discharge of firearms, drowning and submersion, smoke exposure, fire and flames, accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances, other and unspecified accidents and their late effects.

Homicides include deaths due to intentional harm committed by another such as assault by discharge of firearms, cutting and piercing, hanging and strangulation, abuse and neglect, and assault by other and unspecified means and their late effects.

Suicides include deaths due to self-inflicted harm such as discharge of firearms, hanging and suffocation, poisoning, cuttting and piercing, jumping, and other and unspecified means and their late effects.

Other Injury Related Deaths include deaths due to complications in medical and surgical care, war and legal intervention, and undetermined intent.

It should be noted that underlying causes of death prior to 1999 were classified in accordance with the ninth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9).   Underlying causes of death for 1999 and thereafter were classified in accordance with the tenth revision (ICD-10). While with each revision there are differences in classifying the underlying causes of death, the differences between the two classification codices for the injury categories is extremely slight and should have no impact on comparability of data from the two revisions.

The number of injuries are from the Michigan Resident Death Files prepared by the Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Michigan Department of Health amd Human Services. Population Estimates are from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The causes of injuries are the underlying causes recorded in the Michigan Residents Death Files according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

The data are tabulated, including trends and year of occurrence, by county of residence, local health department, and for Michigan residents as a whole:

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For additional information on Mortality , please visit:
http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/osr/index.asp



This Web site is prepared by the Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Department of Health and Human Services. If you have questions or comments about this Web site, please contact Thu Le, Ph.D., E-mail Let@Michigan.gov.


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