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Pediatric Trauma in Minnesota: How are our Children Doing?

By Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians Jeffrey P. Louie, MD, FAAP, and Ronald A. Furnival, MD, FAAP,
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) listed the leading causes of unintentional pediatric deaths: suffocation, (under age 1); drowning (ages 1 to 4); and motor vehicle accidents (ages 5 to 19). The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) also publishes data on the leading causes of death, and not surprisingly, the groups are identical. Between 2004 and 2013, there were 169 suffocation deaths, 36 drowning deaths, and 1,085 deaths from motor vehicle crashes among children in Minnesota.

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