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Injuries: Offensive Weapons

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes there were for injuries from assaults by a sharp object, including knives, in each NHS trust where the patient was aged (a) under 10, (b) 10 to 15, (c) 16 to 18, (d) 19 to 25, (e) 26 to 35, (f) 36 to 45 and (g) 46 years and older in each of the last 10 years. (246822)

Information is collected on the number of finished admission episodes to hospital. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Tables which provide information for the clinical code ‘X99’—assault by sharp object, have been placed in the Library. The code ‘X99’ includes cases where someone has been attacked using a sharp object (including but not exclusive to knives). The tables provide data which are broken down by each strategic health authority. It is not possible to provide a response to this question for each national health service trust as the numbers involved are mostly very small and many of them would need to be suppressed in order to preserve confidentiality.

It is important to refer to the footnotes and clinical codes when interpreting the data.