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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | August 13, 2013

Despite Years of Decline, Nearly 30,000 California Kids Hospitalized for Injuries in 2011

Child injuries severe enough to require a hospital stay declined in California by nearly 30% between 2001 and 2011. Still, injury prevention remains a priority in the state, as 28,421 children and youth ages 0-20 were hospitalized for injuries in 2011. See the numbers for your county>>

According to data recently updated on, about three-quarters of nonfatal injuries requiring hospitalization among children are due to “unintentional” injuries, such as car accidents and falls. Self-inflicted injuries and assault are the next most common causes. In California, the rate of hospitalizations due to all injuries was 259 per 100,000 ages 0-20 in 2011. Among counties with available data, the rates ranged from 159.4 per 100,000 to 511.5.

Injuries are the leading cause of death among children and youth, and these injuries often are preventable. Unintentional injuries are the chief cause of death. Each year, about 9 million children and youth are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries in the U.S. Injury treatment is the leading cause of medical spending for children in the nation, costing an estimated $11.5 billion each year.

Read more about child injuries, including policy implications>>

See Child Injury Data in California

Injury Hospitalizations
by Age and Cause

Intentional Injury Hospitalizations, by Age
Unintentional Injury Hospitalizations, by Age

Helpful Links

Adolescent Violence Prevention Knowledge Path

Child Safety and Injury Prevention Resource Brief

EpiCenter: California Injury Data Online

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Prevention Institute

Safe Kids USA

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Injury Hospitalizations in California: 2001 - 2011

The California rate of hospitalizations for injuries among children/youth ages 0-20 decreased by nearly 30% between 2001-2011, from 363.5 per 100,000 to 259. Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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