Somerset County Public Health Profile Report
Deaths due to Unintentional Injury: Deaths per 100,000 Standardized Population, 2017
Somerset40.6 95% Confidence Interval(33.8 - 47.4)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Somerset Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Unintentional injury is the leading cause of deaths among persons aged 15-49 years and the third leading cause among all ages combined. Unintentional injuries are, for the most part, preventable.
How Are We Doing?In New Jersey, nearly 4,500 deaths were due to unintentional injuries in 2017. These include poisonings, motor vehicle-related fatalities, falls, suffocation, drowning, fire and smoke-related injuries, and others. The age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury has been increasing in recent years with a rise in unintentional poisonings. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have much higher death rates than females. In New Jersey, the age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional injury is highest among White males followed closely by Black males. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 29 in Bergen to a high of 94 in Cape May.
Healthy People Objective IVP-11:Reduce unintentional injury deaths
U.S. Target: 36.4 deaths per 100,000 population
Health Care System Factors:
- Hip Fracture Hospitalization Rate among Older Adults
- Emergency Department Visits for Unintentional Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Hospitalizations Due to Unintentional Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Seatbelt Usage (Self-Reported)
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Self-Reported Presence in Home
- Portable Generators: Self-Reported Ownership for Use during Power Outages
Health Status Outcomes:
Data SourcesDeath Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Population Estimates, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Measure Description for Deaths due to Unintentional Injury
Definition: Deaths with unintentional injury as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: V01-X59, Y85-Y86 Unintentional injuries are commonly referred to as accidents and include poisonings (drugs, alcohol, fumes, pesticides, etc.), motor vehicle crashes, falls, fire, drowning, suffocation, and any other external cause of death.
Numerator: Number of deaths due to unintentional injury
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population