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Injuries: Young People

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions for (a) unintended and (b) deliberate injury there were per 10,000 people aged under 19 years in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. (240729)

The data requested are in the table. They provide a count of finished in-year admission episodes for 2006-07 using the ICD-10 external cause codes which fall into the following categories:

Unintended injury;

Deliberate injury;

“Other” injury.

The rates given are per 10,000 of the 0-18 population for each of the categories using mid-2006 population estimates.

Count of admissions to hospital for unintended, deliberate and “other” injuries for under-19s, per 10,000 of the population (2006-07) (Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector)

External cause type

Finished admission episodes(age 0-18 inclusive)

Rate per 10,000 population











1. Finished in-year admissions:

A finished in-year admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one health care provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the data year. Finished in-year admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode starts and finishes. Therefore, admission episodes that start and finish in different years are not counted—for most conditions this represents a small proportion of the total. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2. Cause code:

The cause code is a supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. The field within HES counts only the first external cause code, which is coded within the episode.

3. Data quality:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

4. Ungrossed data:

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

5. External cause codes:

(a) Unintended: V01-X59 (accidents), Y40-Y84 (complications of medical and surgical care), Y85-Y86, Y88 (sequelae of unintended causes), Y90-Y98 (supplementary factors). Excluding: X33-X39 (forces of nature) & X52 (prolonged stay in weightless environment).

(b) Deliberate: X60-X84 (intentional self-harm), X85-Y09 (assault), Y87.0-Y87.1 (sequelae of intentional self-harm and assault).

(c) Other: Y10-Y34 (undetermined intent), Y35-Y36 (legal intervention and war), Y87.2 (sequelae of undetermined intent), Y89 (sequelae of other external causes).


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care, 2006 Mid Year Estimates, 2001 Census based from: ONS Population Estimates Unit.