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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Why people visit the ER

These are the top 250 products that people injure themselves on or with in a year
By Nathan Yau
"While there are certainly life-or-death situations that I can only imagine as high-stress for everyone involved, the bulk of patients injure themselves in minor ways while doing everyday things. You can see this in injury data collected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They sample US hospitals and cull product-related injuries each year, which, from the CPSC documentation, includes the following:

  • All poisonings and chemical burns to children under 5 years of age.
  • All injuries where a consumer product, sport, or recreational activity is associated with the reason for the visit or related to a condition treated.
  • Illnesses only if a consumer product or activity is associated with the onset of the illness.
So this data doesn't include stuff like chronic conditions. That said, the 2014 sample includes about 367,000 records that represent 13.8 million visits. For each record, a main product is specified.
This chart shows the top 250 products, month-by-month."