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Instructions for Using the NEISS Estimates Query Builder

In the NEISS Estimates Query Builder, you may customize your query by selecting options for one or more of the variables listed below. If you do not select Treatment Dates, the default is the most recent calendar year of data available. If you do not select any of the other options, the default is to include all cases.

  • Treatment Date 

  • Product

  • Sex

  • Age

  • Body part

  • Diagnosis

  • Disposition

Product Codes and Date Range

The NEISS Query Builder includes a limited product code search. Therefore, you should always consult the NEISS Coding Manual and the Product Code Comparability Table when choosing product codes for your query. 

The NEISS Coding Manual (PDF) is the instruction manual used by participating NEISS hospitals to report and code NEISS cases. It contains a description of the reporting criteria, definitions, and an alphabetical listing of products with current product codes. The alphabetical listing may include various synonyms used to describe the product you are interested in, so try searching for different terms.

The Product Code Comparability Table (PDF) is a numerical listing of all current and historical product codes used by CPSC. The CPSC occasionally adds, deletes, or changes product codes to reflect the introduction of new products. This can result in one product having different product codes over different calendar years. If your query includes more than one calendar year, the Product Code Comparability Table will help you determine which product codes to include in your query. 

You should consider the impact of product code changes when examining trends over time. For example, baby slings are currently coded using product code 1560 (Baby slings and wraps). If one were to query for NEISS cases with product code 1560 between the years 2010 and 2019, there would appear to be no NEISS cases associated with baby slings prior to 2019. However, a check of the Product Code Comparability Table reveals that prior to 2019, the product code for baby slings was 1527 (Baby carriers or slings). In 2019, product code 1527 was discontinued and replaced by three new product codes (1560, 1561, and 1562). Therefore, a query for NEISS cases associated with baby slings between treatment dates 2010 and 2019 should include both product codes 1560 and 1527.

Output Options

Output Measures: The query result always includes the national estimate of injuries treated in emergency departments. Select one or more of these options to include the coefficient of variation (CV), 95 percent confidence interval, or the raw number of NEISS cases on which the national estimate is based. Click here for more information on Estimates & Statistics.

View First 30 Records: Select this option for an online preview of the first 30 cases that meet the query criteria. 

Download Data Set: Select one or more of these options to download the NEISS cases that meet the query criteria in MS-Excel, tab-delimited text, or SAS format. For fastest download results, only select the option for Tab Delimited Text File. The downloaded data will include all of the variables available for public use, such as patient race and ethnicity, the location of the incident, alcohol and drug use, and a narrative describing the incident. To learn more about the variables available, please consult the NEISS Coding Manual. 

Report Title: Enter a custom title for your report.


NEISS Query Examples

Query Example 1:

Date: 2012 – 2016

Products: Stepladders (excl. step stools) (product code 0618)

Extension or straight ladders (product code 4077)

Ladders, other or not specified (product code 4078)

Sex: Males

Age: 50 years and older

Body Part: Knee (body part code 35)

The result for Query Example 1 would be the national estimate of the number of males aged 50 and older with knee injuries associated with the above types of ladders treated in hospital emergency departments from 2012 through 2016.


Query Example 2:

Date: 05/01/2016 – 09/15/2016

Products: Sports and Recreation Equipment

Body Parts: Head (body part code 75)

Diagnosis: Concussion (diagnosis code 52)

Hematoma (diagnosis code 58)

Internal Organ Injury (diagnosis code 62)

Disposition: Admitted to Hospital (disposition codes 2, 4, and 5)

The result for Query Example 2 would be the national estimate of the number of selected head injuries associated with Sports and Recreation Equipment treated in hospital emergency departments and resulting in hospital admission between 05/01/2016 and 09/15/16.

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