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Hypothermia

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many death certificates showed hypothermia as (a) the cause of death and (b) a contribution to the causes of death in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is given in the table.

Number of deaths (a) with hypothermia as underlying cause of

death and (b) with any mention of hypothermia on the death

certificate, England and Wales, 1980–89
YearUnderlying cause1Mention
1980261596
1981276685
1982326664
1983221538
1984266555
1985440827
1986437837
1987269559
1988194440
21989166375
1 Assigned to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 9th revision codes 778.3 and 991.6.
2 Provisional.

Note:

For 1986 to 1989 neonatal deaths are included in the mentions but NOT in the underlying cause of death (neonatal deaths were not given an underlying cause of death from 1 January 1986 onwards).