The Wisconsin Injury Prevention and Control Statute (255.20) directs the Department of Health Services to maintain an Injury Prevention Program that includes data collection, surveillance, education, and the promotion of intervention; provides local agencies with technical assistance for effective program development and evaluation; and collaborates with other state agencies to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries.
Injury is a leading cause of death and disability among Wisconsin residents, causing about 3,078 deaths annually. Each year, injury accounts for about 50,268 hospitalizations and 448,213 emergency room visits. The average yearly expenditure for injury-related medical costs is $618,804,452.
Injury is recognized nationally and in Wisconsin as a threat to public health. Rather than being random, unpredictable and unavoidable occurrences, injuries can be understood and prevented. The broad category of injury is generally divided into:
Unintentional injuries (falls, poisonings, motor vehicle crashes, etc.)
Intentional injuries (homicide, suicide, sexual assault, etc.)