The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) is North Carolina's statewide syndromic surveillance system. NC DETECT was created by the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) in 2004 in collaboration with the Carolina Center for Health Informatics (CCHI) in the UNC Department of Emergency Medicine to address the need for early event detection and timely public health surveillance in North Carolina using a variety of secondary data sources. Authorized users are currently able to view data from emergency departments, the Carolinas Poison Center, and the Pre-hospital Medical Information System (PreMIS), as well as pilot data from select urgent care centers.

NC DETECT is designed, developed and maintained by CCHI staff with funding by the NC DPH. New functionality is added regularly based on end user feedback.

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Recreational water-related injuries include near-drownings, injuries due to watercraft incidents (e.g. collisions, explosions, and falls on watercraft), injuries due to water-skiing, and other recreational water-related injuries (e.g. injuries due to snorkeling/SCUBA diving, injuries due to diving/jumping into bodies of water, and etc.).  These mechanisms of injury differ by age group. For example, the most common mechanism of injury for youth is near-drowning and for older adults is watercraft incidents. Read more in the Recreational Water-related Injuries Fact Sheet.

NC DETECT Water-related Injuries


NCHICA 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition
October 5-8, 2014
The Grandover Resort
Greensboro, NC



What's New


Fact Sheet for Recreational Water-related Injuries

New publication: Travers D, Lich KH, Lippmann SJ, Weinberger M, Yeatts KB, Liao W, et al. Defining Emergency Department Asthma Visits for Public Health Surveillance, North Carolina, 2008–2009. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:130329. DOI:

Fact Sheet: ED Visits for Injuries due to Fireworks

Fact Sheet: ED Visits due to Traffic-Related Motorcycle Crashes

Webinar Recording: Using NC DETECT for Poisoning and Overdose Surveillance (Hosted by CCNC)

Fact Sheet: ED Visits for Poisonings

Fact Sheet: ED Visits for Medication or Drug Overdoses

Fact Sheet: NC ED Visits for Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes

Descriptions of New Overdose and Poisoning Reports Available on NC DETECT

Dr. Steve Marshall's Presentation from the January 2014 State Health Directors Conference provides an overview of prescription drug overdose surveillance in North Carolina and includes examples from NC DETECT