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Injury and Violence Prevention Branch

Data and Surveillance

The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch Surveillance Unit maintains statewide injury and violence related surveillance by providing emergency department, hospital discharge, and mortality data to monitor the incidence of and risk factors for fatal and nonfatal injury.

The branch provides this information to North Carolina’s health professionals, citizens, lawmakers and others interested in injury and violence prevention in the state. Injury and violence surveillance data provides the epidemiologic foundation for effective, data-driven injury and violence prevention intervention planning. The unit compiles information from several on-going and regularly collected data systems.

In addition, the Injury Surveillance Unit:

  • Analyzes, interprets, and reports injury morbidity and mortality data, to characterize the burden of injury in North Carolina.
  • Evaluates the completeness, timeliness, and quality of electronic vital statistics and hospital discharge data sets using CDC's recommendations for evaluating surveillance data.
  • Investigates specific mechanisms of injury in greater detail.
  • Disseminates data to injury prevention stakeholders in response to requests.
  • Produces periodic surveillance updates and data reports evaluating the progress and effectiveness of injury intervention programs in meeting the goals and objectives of injury programs and the future Strategic Plan.

Data System Reports

  • BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System)
  • CHAMP (Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program)
  • YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
  • PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System)
  • N.C. DETECT (North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool); N.C. DETECT fact sheets

General Injury Data

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 Leading Causes of Injury Death, Hospitalization and Emergency Department Visit Data - Updated 01/18/17

The documents above the table show the top five causes of injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department (ED) visits by county, and are presented by age group.

2007-2009

Death Data: Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Gender and Race
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age 2014 (PDF, 121 KB) - Added 01/18/17
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age 2012 (PDF, 35 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age 2011 (PDF, 38 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age 2010 (PDF, 633 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age 2009 (PDF, 19 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Race and Gender 2014 (PDF, 268 KB) - Added 01/18/17
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Race and Gender 2013 (PDF, 223 KB) - Added 01/18/17
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Race and Gender 2012 (PDF, 95 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Race and Gender 2011 (PDF, 95 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Race and Gender 2010 (PDF, 55 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Death by Age, Race and Gender 2009 (PDF, 56 KB)
Hospitalization Data: Leading Causes of Injury Hospitalizations by Age and Gender
Leading Causes of Injury Hospitalization by Age 2011 (PDF, 37 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Hospitalization by Age 2010 (PDF, 36 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Hospitalization by Age 2009 (PDF, 18 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Hospitalizations by Age and Gender 2011 (PDF, 109 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Hospitalizations by Age and Gender 2009 (PDF, 45 KB)
N.C. DETECT Emergency Department (ED) Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age and Gender
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits By Age 2012 (PDF, 36 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits By Age 2011 (PDF, 37 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age 2010 (PDF, 643 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age 2009 (PDF, 18 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age and Gender 2013 (PDF, 250 KB) - Added 01/18/17
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age and Gender 2012 (PDF, 90 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age and Gender 2010 (PDF, 679 KB)
Leading Causes of Injury Emergency Department Visits by Age and Gender 2009 (PDF, 56 KB)

 Intent and Mechanism of Injury Death, Hospitalization and Emergency Department Data

 Injury Data by Topic

 Links to Injury Data and Data Request Policy

To make a data request please email the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch or call 919-707-5425. Please review the data request policies and procedures to help us ensure that your requested information is timely, accurate and useful.

There are several sources of injury and violence data available on the web:

The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics (N.C. SCHS) is responsible for data collection, health-related research, production of reports, and maintenance of a comprehensive collection of health statistics. They provide high quality health information for making better informed decisions and effective health policies. The goal of the N.C. SCHS is to improve the health of all North Carolinians and their communities.

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system from the Centers for Disease Control that provides customized reports of injury-related data. North Carolina specific data is available from WISQARS.

The Inventory of National Injury Data Systems is a list of 45 different federal data systems operated by 16 difference agencies and three private injury registry systems that provide nationwide injury-related data. Each data system is listed along with the agency or organization and associated web sites.

The Injury and Data Resources website from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention provides an overview of injury morbidity and mortality data and statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics and other sources and to provide details on injury surveillance methodology and tools to assist in data analysis.