National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), CPSC
For nearly 30 years the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has operated a statistically valid injury surveillance and follow-back system known as the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). The primary purpose of NEISS has been to provide timely data on consumer product-related injuries occurring in the U.S. In the year 2000, CPSC initiated an expansion of the system to collect data on all injuries. With the expansion, NEISS becomes an important public health research tool, not just for CPSC, but for users throughout the U.S. and around the world. The NEISS is a national probability sample of hospitals in the U.S. and its territories. Patient information is collected from each NEISS hospital for every emergency visit involving an injury associated with consumer products. From this sample, the total number of product-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms nationwide can be estimated.
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