The federal government collects information about business and products so that everyone can see the impact of business and products on people. We thought we’d fill you in. Here, in Part 1, is our favorite government database by far.
Name: The NATIONAL ELECTRONIC INJURY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
What it Collects: Emergency room reports of people and their injuries from consumer products.
“Noble” reason we love it: Because it is publicly available warnings on the care that should be taken with products. And, that life is precious.
Real reason we love it: Narrative descriptions of non-fatal, non-child foibles; living slapstick.
For instance: We searched 40 year old people who ingested things during 2010 to see what our contemporaries are doing with their time. Here is what we got back (click below for larger view):