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CDC Injury Facts - CDC Injury Center

Traumatic brain injury/concussion (1.4 million sustain a TBI each year), falls, mass casualties, alcohol-related injuries, teen drivers and car accidents, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, suicide, and violence, and prevention opportunities and more

Five Most Common Children's Conditions, 2008 (2011 pdf)

Acute bronchitis, asthma, trauma-related disorders, otitis media (ear infection), and mental disorders were identified as the top 5 most common illnesses for children up to age 17, in 2008. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs were $226 for bronchitis, $796 for asthma, $1029 per trauma patient, $369 for ear ache, and $2483 for mental health care. Average out of pocket payments by consumers ranged from 13% to 18% of these expenditures. Mental health accounted for $12 billion in payments in 2008. AHRQ Statistical Brief 349, December 2011

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2006 (2009 pdf)

Heart conditions, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, cancer and asthma were identified as the top 5 most costly illnesses in 2006. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs were $5176 for a cancer patient, $3964 for someone with heart disease, $1953 per trauma patient, $1591 for mental health care, and $1059 for someone with asthma. Average out of pocket payments by consumers ranged from 8.2% to 25% of these expenditures. Heart disease accounted for $78 billion in payments in 2006. AHRQ Statistical Brief 248, July 2009

Guides on Health Problems involving Illegal Activity

Fifty four (54) guides from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing designed to reduce the harm caused by specific crime problems. Includes guides related to gangs, bullying, bomb threats, drug dealing, underage drinking, child pornography, prostitution, prescription fraud, acquaintance rape, rave parties and more

School Crime and Safety Indicators: 2010

Official statistics and conclusions by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (National Center for Education Statistics). Most data from 2009

Trauma Programs: Verified Trauma Centers (ACS)

Level I, II and III Trauma Centers are listed here, by state (and Landstuhl Germany), at the American College of Surgeons' website. Trauma Center designation is a voluntary process that hospitals may choose to pursue for Adult and/or Pediatric care. Level I is the highest level. For remote areas, a Level IV designation can be sought; unclear why Level IV hospitals are not listed (approx. 29); Sept. 2009

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Statistics (2007 pdf)

CDC estimates 1.4 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year; most are treated in the ER and released. But, if hospitalized, the most common Type I TBI has an average stay in the hospital of 8.1 days, at an estimated true cost of $19,300 (2004 dollars), and an in-hospital death rate of 13.1%. Most of All TBI patients were privately insured or covered by Medicare; average age was 45 years, and nearly two-thirds were male. Falls and motor vehicle crashes were the top two causes of injury. AHRQ Statistical Brief #27 released March 2007

See Also: Falls/Injuries and other Health categories

More information on important safety topics can be viewed under the Health Conditions section of Consumer Health Ratings

Other Helpful Listings

Trauma Care Guidelines - WHO, 2004 (pdf)

Guidelines for Essential Trauma Care developed by the World Health Organization and others, may be helpful to those who plan trauma care services and anyone promoting improvements in the care of the injured in their country, 106 pages

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2010: Rehabilitation Rankings

Reputation scores only (from Board-certified PM&R physicians), used to identify these top 20 rehab hospitals in the US - led by Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Kessler Institute (West Orange, NJ). You may wish to check other factors such as CARF Accreditation (put CARF in the search box at Consumer Health Ratings) and clinical performance results if you can find them, in addition to this reputation list by US News & World Report. Physician response rate to the survey was 52% over the 3 years

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