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Just Released: New Recommendations for Improving Boat Occupant Injury Surveillance
January 8, 2020

New recommendations on improving recreational boat occupant injury surveillance were jointly released today by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the Safe States Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Public health surveillance – the continuous and systematic collection and analysis of health-related data – is essential to understand and prevent injuries before they occur. However,previous data reports released by the U.S. Coast Guard have revealed that non-fatal injuries among recreational boat occupants have often gone underreported, limiting the ability of officials to track and prevent these injuries. To address the underreporting of these injuries, recreational boating and public health injury prevention experts convened to identify surveillance gaps, determine needed improvements, and develop a new set of recommendations to improve boat occupant injury surveillance. This project was funded under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.


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