Wisconsin spends two billion dollars a year on injuriesWisconsin News
-- Wisconsinites spend two-billion-dollars a year to treat injuries -- and they're the leading cause of death for those under 45.
Wisconsinites spend two-billion-dollars a year to treat injuries -- and they're the leading cause of death for those under 45. That's according to a new report from the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Researcher Amy Schlotthauer said her team wanted to highlight the most prevalent injuries in each county, and provide guidance on how to prevent them. The main cause of infant death is suffocation. Vehicle crashes is the main killer in the 5-to-24 age group. For those 25-to-64, suicide is the main cause -- and falls are the most prominent fatal injuries for those 65-and-older. The Medical College said the number of hospital visits due to injuries was down 10-percent to around one-point-three million from 2007-through'-09. But the average cost per hospital visit jumped 50-percent to around 26-thousand dollars.