EpiCenter has been redesigned as an interactive tool for viewing California data on injuries that resulted in death, hospitalization, or an emergency department (ED) visit. Causes of injuries are classified according to intent and mechanism, or the vector that delivered the energy to the body to cause the injury. The figure below shows the composition of California injury deaths, hospitalizations, or ED visits by cause for the most recent data year.
EpiCenter is designed to be a flexible tool for viewing California data on injuries that result in death, hospitalization, or a visit to the emergency department (ED). Follow these three steps below to start exploring the data.
Select the injury outcome from the blue panel at the top of the page. Outcomes include deaths, non-fatal hospitalizations, and non-fatal ED visits (Figure 1). Non-fatal hospitalizations tend to be for more severe injuries that require greater medical treatment compared to ED visits.
Filter the injury data using the drop-down menu on the left of the page (Figure 2-A). Filters are organized under the categories of person, place, time, injury, and treatment (for non-fatal injuries only). Click on a category to view/hide the filters it contains. To select or de-select multiple categories from a list, use the control key (command key on a Mac). Filters will be immediately applied. A description of the current filters and the number of injuries displayed appears near the top of the page, under the blue panel (Figure 2-B). To clear all filters, click on the “clear all filter” button at the bottom of the filter panel on the left of the page (Figure 2-C).