Unintentional injuries are those that occur by virtue of some external factor and are often seen as "accidental." Despite what some may say, most unintentional injuries are, like intentional injuries, preventable. Unintentional injuries affect everyone and usually only cause temporary pain or injury. Unfortunately for others these injuries can cause permanent brain damage and serious physical debilitations. Even something as seemingly innocuous as a simple fall to the ground can have devastating consequences on both the young and old, alike. Unintentional injuries can occur anywhere, but there is increased emphasis and focus on motor vehicle safety, workplace safety, elderly safety, and children's safety.
Additional topics in unintentional injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), other sports-related injuries, fire and burn prevention, and accidental overdose. This guide seeks to identify and establish risk factors for these injuries and best practices and information for how to mitigate those risks.
As the baby boomers prepare for and enter into retirement, an increased emphasis on public health and public health resources is being explored.