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Trauma injury refers to acute physical injuries, including burns and head injuries, which pose a risk for death or long-term disability.

The following facts are trauma related injuries in the United States:

  • Traumatic injuries are estimated to be responsible for over 161,000 deaths each year and for an estimated death rate of 55.9 for every 100,000 persons.
  • Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans 44 years of age and younger.
  • Children account for 25% of all traumatic injuries. Injury has been the leading cause of death for children and youth for decades.
  • For all U.S. residents, unintentional injury ranks as the 5th most common cause of death.