Injuries kill over 20000 children a year in developed countries

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:317
  1. Jason O'Neale Roach
  1. BMJ

    Injury accounts for almost 40% of annual deaths in children aged 1 to 14 in the world's most developed nations, says a new report by Unicef released this week.

    Traffic accidents, intentional injuries, drowning, falls, fires, poisonings, and other hazards kill more than 20000 children aged under 15 every year. This makes preventable injuries the principal cause of child death in developed nations.

    Peter Adamson, one of the report's authors, said: “Over 500 children, anonymous to most of us, died from accidents this year [in the United …

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