The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) database offers Excel downloads (example XLSX, ~50MB) on a year by year basis. The categorization of the injuries in the Excel files is given by codes, which may change or merge year to year. The codes are available in the Coding Manual PDF, and changes are available in the 2016 Comparability Table PDF.

The query tool hides the codes from the user and shows only the characterizations (e.g. Diagnosis).

Is there a machine readable source for the mapping between codes and descriptions?

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  • how does one get to this data? clicking query throws a 404
    – albert
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 17:27
  • ah, nm, went to main page, see the list. my bad
    – albert
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 17:28

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Based on the PDF manual, there is an R package on Github called Neiss that has an excel file with mapping between codes and text descriptions.

Direct link: https://github.com/hadley/neiss/blob/master/data-raw/NEISS-formats.xlsx

Sample screenshot:

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In addition to diagnosis there is also product code, race codes, etc.

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