DHSS Produces New InjuryDatabook
Thousands of Missourians are injured each year--some of them fatally. That's why the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services decided to produce a new data book called "Injuries in Missouri: A Call to Action." Michele Skalicky reports.
Thousands of Missourians are injured each year'some of them fatally. That's why the Missouri department of health and senior services decided to produce a new data book called "injuries in Missouri: a call to action." Joy Osterley, injury prevention manager for the DHSS, says the book is a compilation of data that the department collects on a routine basis. The book reflects data for every county in the state as well as overall statewide data. It also lists evidence-based interventions for individuals and policymakers. Osterly lists some of the book's findings'
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According to Osterly, injury is the leading cause of death for Missourians between the ages of one and 35. Homocide is the 2nd leading cause of death for those 5 to 24'
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Osterly says prevention is key. There are several things people can do to keep from getting injured'
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She also recommends wearing bicycle helmets, installing and maintaining smoke alarms and storing firearms unloaded and locked. Osterly says even injuries resulting from assaults and self-inflicted injuries can be prevented and reduced to a greater degree thru concerted state and community efforts. According to Osterly, 600,000 people suffered non-fatal injuries in Missouri in 1999. Those injuries resulted in lost time from work and family as well as costly medical and rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering. She says those injuries have a big impact on the economy'
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To obtain a copy of "injuries in Missouri: a call to action" visit the DHSS website at www.dhss.state.mo.us or call 573-751-8506.