A special public health awareness week focuses on injury prevention.

Delaware is taking part in national Public Health Week.

Hospitalizations related to injuries have nearly doubled in the last decade according to the Delaware Trauma System Registry operated by the Division of Public Health.  From 2,378 hospitalizations in 2000 to 4,433 in 2009, unintentional injury is the state’s number one killer and disabler of residents from age 1 to 44, with 706 fatalities from 2004-2008. The majority of these injuries and fatalities are related to motor vehicles.Following the rules of the road and complying with laws such as the ban on cellphone use while driving can help avoid injury, according to RN Mary Sue Jones who is state trauma system coordinator in the Office of Emergency Medical Services. 

 

Public Health Week continues through Sunday April 10th.

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