Injury and Violence Prevention News

June 2005
In this issue:
1. Data brief reports on traumatic brain injury in Minnesota
2. Does injury prevention save money?
3. Think ahead: summer injury/violence commemorations

1. Data brief reports on traumatic brain injury in Minnesota

Nonfatal Hospitalized Traumatic Brain Injury, Minnesota 1998-2003 reviews six years of data from 133 hospitals. The data brief reports on the causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) - primarily motor vehicle crashes and falls - and the role played by alcohol and protective equipment. “Most people don’t realize the impact of traumatic brain injury because it’s a disability that is often invisible,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach. “This report provides numbers indicating how TBI affects Minnesotans. Most traumatic brain injuries are preventable, and we’ll be using the data to plan TBI prevention programs for the state.”



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2. Does injury prevention save money?

Injury prevention is a good investment. While prevention programs can cost money, not preventing injury costs much more:

  • Every $10 bicycle helmet generates $570 in benefits to society.
  • Every $46 child safety seat generates $1,900 in benefits to society.
  • Every $31 booster seat generates $2,200 in benefits to society.
  • Every $33 smoke alarm generates $940 in benefits to society.
  • The average call to a poison control center costs $37 and saves $250 in medical costs. At $37 a call, each $1 spent on poison control center services saves $7 in medical spending.

Source: Injury Prevention: What Works?, Children’s Safety Network Economics and Data Resource Center, Calverton, MD, February 2005.

Quoted in Toward An Injury-Free & Violence-Free Minnesota: A Working Plan, 2005-2010, scheduled for publication later this summer.



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3. Think ahead: summer injury/violence commemorations

The following commemorations are scheduled for this summer, creating opportunities for public awareness and media advocacy:

June
Fireworks Safety Month (through July 4)
Prevent Blindness America
500 East Remington Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173-5611
800-331-2020
E-mail

National Safety Month
Crash-Free June
National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143
800-621-7619
E-mail

August
Eye Injury Prevention Month
American Academy of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
415-447-0213
415-561-8533 (fax)
E-mail



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Also see > National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the latest injury prevention news at the national-level.


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Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO BOX 64882
ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
(651) 201-5484
injury.prevention@health.state.mn.us

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