1 in 13,300
The odds a person will visit an emergency department due to an accident involving pens or pencils in a year are 1 in 13,300 (US, 2007).
Sources & Definitions
National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) On-line [Internet]. US Consumer Product Safety Commission; Available from: http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/neiss.html
Population Estimates Program [Internet]. U.S. Census Bureau; Available from: http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php
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Odds more likely than 1 in 10, such as 1 in 3.42, are rounded to three significant digits. Odds less likely than 1 in 10, such as 1 in 420.4, are rounded to four significant digits. Trailing zeros after the decimal point are dropped for readability, even though they may still be significant.
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Odds you won’t see: 1 in 2.412; 63.042; 425,242c