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Hyper- and Hypothermia

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of (a) heat-related and (b) cold-related deaths in the Province in each of the last 20 years. (99772)

The following table gives the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland in each year between 1986 and 2005, where effects of heat and light1 or hypothermia2 were mentioned on the death certificate.

1 “Heat” will not be recorded as an underlying cause of death. However heat-related illnesses (e.g., heatstroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat syncope) may be mentioned on the death certificate. Deaths with a mention of the effects of heat and light are defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 992 for the years 1986-2000 and, for the years 2001 to 2005, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T67.

2 “Cold” will not be recorded as an underlying cause of death. However subnormal body temperature, hypothermia, may be mentioned on the death certificate. Deaths with a mention of hypothermia are defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 991.6 for the years 1986-2000 and, for the years 2001 to 2005, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T68.

Registered number of deaths, with a mention of effect of heat and light or hypothermia. Northern Ireland, 1986 to 2005

Registration year

Effect of heat and light

Hypothermia

1986

32

1987

16

1988

17

1989

13

1990

14

1991

22

1992

14

1993

14

1994

21

1995

13

1996

16

1997

22

1998

22

1999

12

2000

12

2001

16

2002

14

2003

8

2004

1

11

20051

18

1 Provisional data