National Electronic Injury Surveillance System
CThe National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) is an injury surveillance and follow-back system. Its primary purpose is to provide timely data on consumer product-related injuries occurring in the U.S. NEISS collects injury data from a nationally representative sample of 100 U.S. hospital emergency departments selected from all 5,300+ U.S. hospitals with emergency departments. From these data, national estimates of the numbers of injuries associated with (not necessarily caused by) specific consumer products are made. This information is used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in determining the need for product recalls, public awareness campaigns, and product safety standards.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/3002.html. Accessed August 14, 2010.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12355000/pdf/mped/mped2_doc.pdf and related web pages. Accessed August 13, 2010.