The Office of Injury Prevention posted the 22nd Annual Child Fatality Review Report

| December 15, 2015

For 2014, the number of children who died in Arizona increased.  There were some successes- deaths from motor vehicle and other transportation decreased as did deaths from maltreatment and unintentional injury.  There is still work to be done in the areas of safe sleep, suicide and prematurity.

Maltreatment deaths are highlighted on pages 34 through 39.

In 2014, 834 children under 18 years of age died in Arizona which is a four percent increase in our Arizona child mortality rate from 2013 when 811 children died. The Arizona CFR Teams reviewed 100 percent of these deaths and determined that 36 percent of these deaths could have been prevented.

There has been a 24 percent increase in mortality rates due to maltreatment from 2009 to 2014.

In 2014, 547 of the child deaths were due to natural causes (medical conditions). This is an increase from the 513 deaths due to medical conditions in 2013. The most common medical condition was prematurity which accounted for 27 percent of all child deaths in Arizona in 2014, a six percent increase since 2013.The review found that 85 percent of these deaths due to prematurity were associated with medical complications during pregnancy and that 18 percent of the pregnant mothers who lost their child due to prematurity had received no prenatal care. Deaths caused by unsafe sleep environments, suicide and drowning also increased. One hundred percent of the drowning deaths, 94 percent of the sleep related infant deaths and 87 percent of the suicides were determined to be preventable. However, motor vehicle crash deaths decreased 29 percent from 2013 to 2014. Although there has been a 24 percent increase in maltreatment deaths since 2009, the mortality rate dropped 18 percent in 2014.

The Arizona CFR Program reviews each child death in order to identify future actions that can reduce the number of preventable deaths. The highlights and future actions of the report can be found on pages 8 through 11.

To read the full report, click here.

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