Key Issues and Statistics

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts 2015, about 93,200 people died from unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2013. That’s 93,200 times a young driver, mother, father, grandparent, or employee’s ordinary day turned tragic. North Dakotans are not excluded from the dangers of unintentional injuries and deaths that take place off-the-job.

 

o   National:

  • Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • 2,500 people died from choking in 2014 with 1,270 being 75 years of age and older. This is an increase of 4% from 2013. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • Among children treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal choking incidents, almost 60% were food-related. (SafeKids Worldwide)
  • Overall, 13% of cases involved swallowing coins and 19% involved candy or gum. (SafeKids Worldwide)

o   North Dakota:

  • Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • There have been a total of 105 deaths due to choking from 2010-2014. (North Dakota Division of Vital Records. 2016)
  • In 2013, there were 21 choking related deaths, and in 2014 there were 30 choking related deaths including aspiration, inhalation or ingestion of food or other objects. (North Dakota Division of Vital Records. 2016)