Child Injury Fatality
The untimely death of a child is a tragedy for families and communities. Even more unsettling is when that death could have been prevented. Each year, an average of 450 Utah children die in Utah. Approximately one-third of these deaths are due to injury (1). Injuries are mostly preventable, yet they continue to be the leading cause of death for children aged 1-18 in Utah.
In response to these deaths, an interagency Child Fatality Review Committee (CFRC) was established by the Utah Department of Heatlh in 1992. The CFRC was charged with the review of the circumstances and cause of all childhood deaths in the state. The purpose of the CRFC is to develop a better understanding of child deaths in order to reduce the number of intentional and unintentional deaths of Utah children.
(1) Injury-related deaths include the following: homicide, suicide, drowning, other unintentional injuries, OHV/ATV, motor vehicle (driver, passenger, and pedestrian), SIDS, SIDS vs. Asphyxia, unintentional injuries during sleep, infant sleep deaths of undetermined manner, poisonings of undetermined manner, and other deaths of undetermined manner.