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Accident and Emergency Departments

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data accident and emergency departments are obliged to (a) collect and (b) return to his Department regarding causes of admission. (317827)

Accident and emergency departments collect details about cause of admission. An extract of this data set is then collected centrally by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care as part of Hospital Episode Statistics and is published.

Two data items collected in Hospital Episode Statistics describe the cause of admission: “Patient group” picks out seven specific causes, namely road traffic accident, assault, deliberate self-harm, sports injury, firework injury, other accident, and brought in dead. “Clinical diagnosis” provides a wider range of categories for cause of admission. Details for these categories are published in the Clinical Diagnosis section of the Hospital Episodes Data Dictionary. A copy of this has been placed in the Library and is also available at:

www.hesonline.org.uk/Ease/servlet/Attachment Retriever?site_id=1937&file_name=d:\efmfiles\1937\ Understanding\AEDD_Jul09.pdf&short_name=AEDD_Jul09. pdf&u_id=8500

No data on causes of admission are returned to the Department.