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The injuries most likely to land you in an emergency room in America

Keith Collins
By Keith Collins

Tech Reporter

The emergency room visits recorded in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System dataset include brief descriptions of the incidents that brought patients to the hospital. We’ve set up a Twitter bot that tweets those descriptions, which range from sad to funny, brutal to mundane. Here are a few:

We’ve also taken a deep dive into incidents like that last one, where patients landed in the hospital for punching walls. Here’s what the age distribution of those looks like:

Note: The “other” category in the interactive at the top of this page represents about 100,000 injuries. Of those, about half did not specify a specific injury code. The other 50,000 were made up of: concussions, foreign body-related injuries, burns, dislocation, poisoning, puncturing, hematoma, ingested object, conjunctivitis, avulsion, dental injuries, nerve damage, anoxia, crushing, amputation, aspirated object-related injuries, hemorrhage, submersion, and electric shock.

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