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Domestic Accidents

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accidents in the home that required medical attention there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of accident, (b) resulting injury and (c) trust. (207287)

The following table shows data from the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System on the number of people attending accident and emergency (A and E) departments due to injuries from non-fatal home accidents in 2002—more recent data are not available centrally. Data are not collected centrally on injuries treated outside hospital (for example, by general practitioners). The figures are estimates for the United Kingdom, based on a sample of hospitals, and a break down by trust is not available. More detail is available in the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System annual reports which are available at:

www.hassandlass.org.uk/query/reports.htm

or from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, who hold the detailed data which are also available at:

www.hassandlass.org.uk/query/index.htm

UK estimates of number of A and E attendances for non-fatal home accident injuries, by type of accident and by type of injury, 2002 (national estimates and 95 per cent. confidence limits)

National estimate

Lower limit (95 per cent.)

Upper limit (95 per cent.)

By type of accident

All accidents

2,701,326

2,698,107

2,704,549

Fall on same level (slip/trip/stumble)

417,893

416,627

419,161

Fall on/from stairs/steps

306,168

305,085

307,254

Fall on/from ladder/stepladder

35,281

34,914

35,650

Fall from building/structure

11,624

11,415

11,837

Other fall

476,994

475,642

478,350

Struck—explosion

492

449

537

Struck—moving object

160,351

159,568

161,138

Struck—static object

270,600

269,582

271,621

Struck—other

98,728

98,114

99,346

Pinch/crush (blunt)

79,171

78,621

79,724

Cut/tear (sharp)

234,643

233,696

235,594

Puncture

53,936

53,483

54,393

Bite/sting

72,673

72,146

73,202

Foreign body

128,023

127,323

128,725

Suffocation

15,601

15,357

15,847

(Suspected) poisoning

33,272

32,916

33,631

Chemical effect

12,628

12,410

12,850

Thermal effect

84,460

83,892

85,032

Electric/radiation

5,125

4,987

5,267

Acute overexertion

90,118

89,532

90,708

Other

113,550

112,891

114,212

By type of injury1

Superficial injury

153,156

152,391

153,925

Open wound

759,361

757,655

761,071

Burn

104,161

103,529

104,794

Bruise/contusion

397,721

396,486

398,958

Concussion/unconsciousness

116,358

115,691

117,028

Other soft tissue injury

653,335

651,753

654,921

Bone injury

429,270

427,988

430,556

Joint/tendon injury

234,889

233,941

235,841

Chemical injury

78,372

77,825

78,923

Systemic injury

4,982

4,846

5,122

Non-injurious foreign body

77,470

76,926

78,017

Injurious foreign body

28,393

28,064

28,724

No diagnosed injury

68,819

68,306

69,334

Other injury

117,260

116,591

117,933

Unspecified injury

92,455

91,861

93,053

1 Figures for type of injury may include some double counting due to people with multiple injuries.

Note:

Figures are estimates based on a sample of 18 hospitals across the UK.

Source:

Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System Annual Report for 2002