Injuries: secondary care

The Unintentional Injuries webpages on the ISD Scotland website provides detailed emergency admissions data on unintentional injuries for both adults and children in Scotland. A brief summary of this information is provided below.

  • In 2012/13, unintentional injuries  (see section on ISD website) accounted for approximately 1 in 8 of all emergency hospital admissions for children (i.e. 7,039 out of 55,926) and 1 in 10 of all emergency hospital admissions for adults (i.e. 46,332 out of 477,688). (See section on inpatient and day case activity on ISD website for children and all ages baseline data - adults can be calculated by all ages minus children subtraction.)
  • Over the last ten years, the standardised emergency hospital discharge rate for unintentional injuries has fallen steadily for children and shows an overall decrease for adults (Chart 1 (view chart)).
  • Fracture of femur and lower leg/ankle fractures are the most common types of injury among adults and forearm fractures and other, unspecified head injuries are the most common types of injury for children.
  • Falls are the most common cause of injury in both adults and children, leading to an emergency admission.
  • The number of children and adults in the most deprived quintile are nearly twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of unintentional injury as the number of children and adults in the least deprived quintile.
  • Tables E1 and E2 offer more in-depth information on emergency admissions for unintentional injuries by cause of injury and split by age group, gender, NHS Board and CHP. Trend data is also provided.
  • Please note that rates quoted in all tables are directly standardised using the 1976 European Standard Population. The next update will use rates directly standardised to the 2013 European Standard Population.  

IOBI have also carried out an analysis of inpatient admissions data for injuries and have compared European Age Standardised Rates across England, N Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales for all injury related emergency inpatient admissions, serious injury inpatient admissions and hip fracture injury inpatient admissions.

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.