Trauma & Injury Prevention
Injuries are a significant health concern in Colorado affecting everyone regardless of age, gender, race, or economic status. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Coloradans ages 1-44 years. Each year, more than 28,000 Coloradans are hospitalized for injuries and thousands more are treated in emergency departments and physicians’ offices.
Nearly 10 percent of all deaths in Colorado are the result of injuries. The death toll from injury is most apparent for younger age groups. Injury is responsible for more than two-thirds of deaths (68 percent) among Coloradans ages 1-34. The age groups with the highest percent of deaths due to injury are ages 15-19 and ages 20-24. Approximately 80 percent of the deaths in these two age groups are due to injury. (Source: Injury in Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2005)
Injuries are categorized as either intentional or unintentional. Intentional injuries such as homicide and suicide involve acts in which there is intent to harm. Unintentional injuries are frequently labeled as “accidental,” however, with appropriate interventions, most unintentional injuries can be prevented.
As the region’s leading level one trauma center, Denver Health is dedicated to helping reduce the occurrence of injury in Colorado. Denver Health encourages you to help prevent trauma and injury with the reproduction and distribution of prevention fact sheets for community education purposes:
Denver Health partners with many injury prevention initiatives. Please visit their websites for more helpful information.