Index: Health / Subcategory: Physical Health

Unintentional Injury Mortality

Date Updated: 10/02/2012

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment lists three types of death due to injury in Colorado: unintentional, intentional (suicide, homicide, or legal intervention) and undetermined intent. Unintentional injuries constituted the majority (65%) of these deaths in Colorado in 2010.

Mortality refers to the number or rate of deaths that occur in a population. Age-adjusted rates (for comparison of differing populations) and crude rates (number of deaths by population) were used wherever appropriate. The period 2002-2011 was analyzed to compare data on a consistent scale.

What this chart shows: Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000 Residents) in Colorado & Larimer County, 2002-2011

*Age-Adjusted rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Between 2002 and 2010, neither the state nor the county met the Healthy People 2010 objective of 17.5 (or fewer) accidental (unintentional injury) deaths per 100,000 population. Over the last decade, Colorado averaged approximately 44 deaths per 100,000, compared to 36 deaths for Larimer County.

After the objectives were updated with the release of Healthy People 2020, neither Colorado (46.3) nor Larimer County (37.0) met the new 2020 goal of 36.0 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011. See Additional Information for an explanation of the Healthy People 2010/2020 program.

In 2004, the unintentional injury mortality rate peaked in Larimer County at 38.1 deaths per 100,000 residents. This appears to be the primary result of motor vehicle and other (non-transport) deaths as well as deaths caused by falls (29, 19 and 16 deaths, respectively).

What this chart shows: Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000 Residents) by Injury Type in Colorado & Larimer County, 2011

*Crude Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Unintentional injuries resulting in death are categorized as transport or non-transport injuries. In 2011, Larimer County transport injuries resulting in death included: motor vehicle injuries (22), water/air/space transport injuries (<3), and other land transportation injuries (<3). Non-transport injuries that resulted in death included: poisoning (49), falls (24), other and unspecified non-transport injuries (16), smoke/fire/flames injury (<3), drowning and submersion (<3), and firearms (<3).

Of these various types of injury-related deaths, five (motor vehicle accidents, falls, poisonings, drowning, and firearm-related) have specific Healthy People 2010/2020 objectives which can be compared with available data for Larimer County. Of those five, only three (motor vehicles, falls, and poisonings) have calculated mortality rates for the each of the last ten years. The remaining two categories (drowning and firearms) had several years in which deaths were fewer than three so no mortality rates were calculated to protect the confidentiality of the deceased.

See the table titled Unintentional Injury Mortality Rates (per 100,000) by Injury Type with Specific Target Objectives for more detail.

What this chart shows: Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000 Residents) by Age Group in Larimer County, 2002-2011 (10-Year Total)

*Crude Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In Larimer County, the likelihood of death by unintentional injury increases as one reaches 65 years of age and greatly increases after age 85. Falls are the main cause of injury for people 75 and older in Larimer County, and in 2011 caused 18 out of the 24 deaths (75%) due to falling. The overwhelming majority of deaths caused by falls (50%) were for those 85 and older.

What this chart shows: Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000 Residents) by Gender in Larimer County, 2002 - 2011

*Age-Adjusted Rate

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In Larimer County (2002-2011), males had a higher rate of death from unintentional injury than females. These data are supported by national statistics, which show men to be at almost two times the risk of death due to unintentional injury (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports).

For males in Larimer County during this period, the age group most affected by unintentional injury deaths was those aged 45-54 (17% of total male unintentional injury deaths). Females experienced a large percentage of unintentional injury deaths in the over 85 group (25% of total female unintentional injury deaths).

The main cause of unintentional injury death in males aged 45-54 was poisoning (51%). The most common cause of unintentional injury death in females over 85 was due to fall-related injuries (66%).

Additional Information:

Healthy People 2010 was a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative establishing national objectives to improve the health of all Americans, to eliminate disparities, and to increase the years and quality of life.

New guidelines and objectives have been established for the next ten years, through 2020.

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Definitions (Summarized below)

(From Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

Unintentional 'Transportation' Injuries

Unintentional 'Non-Transportation' Injuries

  • Includes events that involve: drowning (boat, recreational, bathtub), poisoning (due to excessive alcohol and drugs, carbon monoxide); falls; fire/ burn; natural/environmental: (injuries from excessive environmental exposure and animals bites); 'Other Unintentional Injuries': aspiration/suffocation, foreign bodies entering the body, falling objects, striking against or by objects or people, being caught in or between objects, machinery, cutting or piercing instruments, firearms/air guns, electric current, overexertion, and other unspecified mechanisms.

Number of Unintentional Injury Deaths by Injury Type - Larimer County

Motor Vehicles

Other Land Transport

Water, Air, & Space

Drowning & Submersion

Falls

Firearms

Poisoning

Smoke & Fire

Other and Unspecified Non- transport

2002

38 <3 4 4 15 <3 16 <3 12

2003

51 <3 <3 <3 16 <3 14 <3 11

2004

29 <3 7 6 16 <3 15 <3 19

2005

32 <3 6 <3 24 <3 12 3 16

2006

32 <3 5 <3 19 <3 25 <3 17

2007

31 <3 <3 3 21 <3 31 <3 13

2008

22 <3 <3 <3 23 <3 33 <3 19

2009

28 <3 <3 <3 26 <3 30 <3 10

2010

21 <3 <3 <3 25 <3 39 3 11

2011

22 <3 <3 <3 24 <3 49 <3 16

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Unintentional Injury Mortality Rates* (per 100,000) by Injury Type with Specific Target Objectives - Larimer County

 

Motor Vehicles

Falls

Poisoning

Drowning

Firearms

2002

14.1 6.9 6.7

1.6

n/a

2003

17.7 7.0 5.2

n/a

n/a

2004

11.1 7.5 5.4

2.1

n/a

2005

10.6 10.3 4.3

n/a

n/a

2006

10.9 7.5 8.8

n/a

n/a

2007

10.9 7.9 10.2

1.0

n/a

2008

7.7 8.3 10.8

n/a

n/a

2009

9.4 9.1 9.3

n/a

n/a

2010

6.9 8.5 12.8

n/a

n/a

2011

7.2 7.9 16.0

n/a

n/a

2010 Target

9.2 3.0 1.5

0.9

4.1

2020 Target

12.4 7.0 13.1

1.1

9.2

* Age-Adjusted Rate

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Industry Standards or Targets:

Healthy People 2010

A complete list of injury prevention objectives is available on the Healthy People 2010 website. Target rates are age-adjusted.

Healthy People 2020

A complete list of injury prevention objectives is available on the Healthy People 2020 website. Target rates are age-adjusted.

Data Tables:

Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000 Residents)

 

Colorado

Larimer County

Total Deaths

Rate

Total Deaths

Rate

2002

1,803 42.8 89 36.3

2003

1,783 41.8 97 36.7

2004

1,791 41.6 96 38.0

2005

1,928 43.6 96 35.5

2006

1,888 42.1 99 36.4

2007

2,029 44.6 101 35.5

2008

2,159 46.3 103 35.8

2009

2,141 44.6 98 32.9

2010

2,102 43.1 101 33.3

2011

2,317 46.3 117 37.0

* Age-Adjusted Rate

See chart

Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000) & Total Number of Deaths, 2011

Colorado

Larimer

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Transport injuries

  • Motor vehicle injuries
482 9.4 22 7.2
  • Other land transport injuries
16 0.3 <3 N/A
  • Water & air and space & other transport injuries
37 0.7 <3 N/A

Non-transport injuries

  • Drowning and submersion
45 0.9 <3 N/A
  • Falls
651 12.7 24 7.9
  • Firearms
11 0.2 <3 N/A
  • Poisoning
714 13.9 49 16.0
  • Smoke & fire and flames
27 0.5 <3 N/A
  • Other & unspecified Non-transport injuries
334 6.5 16 5.2

*Age-Adjusted Rate

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Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate* (per 100,000)
by Age Group - Larimer County 2002-2011 (10-Year Total)

 

Rate

Deaths

<1

17.7 6

1-4

7.3 10

5-14

3.4 12

15-24

25.3 127

25-34

30.7 130

35-44

33.8 125

45-54

37.4 157

55-64

32.2 98

65-74

42.7 73

75-84

110.8 108

85+

370.6 151

* Crude Rate

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Unintentional Injury Mortality Rate*
by Gender in Larimer County

Female

Male

2002

31.9 41.5

2003

22.5 51.9

2004

23.7 56.4

2005

29.8 40.7

2006

24.4 48.9

2007

29.3 44.0

2008

22.2 50.8

2009

22.2 43.2

2010

25.4 41.9

2011

24.7 51.2

* Age-Adjusted Rate

See chart