IVP-24.3 Reduce unintentional suffocation deaths among persons aged 65 years and older

National Data Source
National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Population Estimates; U.S. Census Bureau (Census)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
per 100,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
8.3 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of unintentional suffocation deaths (ICD-10 codes W75-W84) among persons aged 65 years and over
Number of persons aged 65 years and over
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective


Methodology Notes

FOR SINGLE DATA YEARS: Death rates are calculated based on the resident population of the United States for the data year involved. For census years (e.g. 2010), population counts enumerated as of April 1 are used. For all other years, populations estimates as of July 1 are used. Postcensal population estimates are used in rate calculations for years after a census year and match the data year vintage (e.g. July 1, 2011 resident population estimates from Vintage 2011 are used as the denominator for 2011 rates). Intercensal population estimates are used in rate calculations for the years between censuses (e.g. 1991-1999, 2001-2009). Race-specific population estimates for 1991 and later use bridged-race categories.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 65-74, 75-84, 85+
  • Sex: 65-74, 75-84, 85+
  • Race/Ethnicity: 65-74, 75-84, 85+
  • Country of Birth: 65-74, 75+
  • Geographic Location: 65-74, 75-84, 85+
  • Marital Status: 65-74, 75-84, 85+
Trend Issues
Mortality data by marital status were not available for 60% of Georgia’s records in 2008 and 94% of Georgia’s records in 2009. Therefore, 2008 and 2009 data by marital status should be interpreted with caution.
Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

In 2013, rates for 2007–2009 were revised using intercensal population estimates based on the 2000 and 2010 censuses instead of the postcensal estimates for the denominator. Thus, the original baseline was revised from 8.0 to 8.3. The target was adjusted from 7.2 to 7.5 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.