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Medical Quiz #10 – Answers

by Suzanne Daniluk, RN on April 11th, 2012

Which kills or injures more people each year:

1.  Sharks or cows?

Sharks may be fearsome creatures that get the media coverage, but cows and bulls kill 20 times more people than sharks, even excluding food-borne illness caused by tainted beef.  On average, one person per year dies in the U.S. from a shark attack, making the lifetime odds 1 in over 3.7 million.

2.  Stairs or elevators?

Surprisingly, stairs are less safe than elevators, with approximately 2,000 people killed by falling down them every year.

3.  Bicycles or planes?

About 900 people, mostly adults, are involved in fatal bicycle accidents annually, and in 90% of those, motorists are at fault. Far fewer people die or are injured in plane crashes.

4.  Snakes or insects?

Insects are more dangerous. Although 7,000 to 8,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by venomous snakes each year, the mortality rate is less than 1%. More people die from stinging insects such as bees, hornets, and wasps.

5.  Golf or ice hockey?

Among those aged 35-54, more visits to emergency rooms are made for golf-related injuries.

6.  Ladders or chain saws?

In 2010, persons treated in emergency rooms due to ladders or stools outnumbered chain saw mishaps by more than 10 to 1, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), which tracks data from hospital emergency departments. See:

7.  Coal mines or nuclear power plants?

Coal mines have killed more people than the initial Chernobyl blast. No one was injured or killed by the Three Mile Island disaster, a nuclear meltdown that occurred at a Pennsylvania plant in 1979.

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