Injuries: secondary care

The ISD publication Unintentional Injuries [512Kb] reports on hospital admissions (until year ending 31 March 2014) related to unintentional injuries and assaults in Scotland.

Key points:

  • Unintentional injuries accounted for approximately 1 in 8 emergency hospital admissions for children and 1 in 11 for adults in Scotland in 2013/2014.
  • There were 54,673 emergency admissions to hospital in Scotland for unintentional injuries in 2013/2014 [78Kb]. This an increase of approximately 2% on the previous year.
  • Although the European Age Standardised Rate (EASR) for emergency hospital admissions as a result of an unintentional injury in children has increased from the last year, the general trend over the last ten years has been decreasing. The rate for adults has been gradually decreasing since a peak in 2009 (view chart).
  • Falls were the most common cause of injury in both adult [68Kb] and children [70Kb], leading to an emergency admission. There were in total 33,390 emergency admissions to hospital due to falls in Scotland in 2013/14. This represents 61% of the total number of emergency admissions to hospital due to unintentional injuries.
  • Fracture of femur is the most common type of injury among adults, and fracture of forearm is the most common injury for children (Table [174Kb]).
  • Children and adults in the most deprived areas are more likely than children and adults in the least deprived areas to have an emergency admission to hospital for an unintentional injury (Table [129Kb]).

Please note: The rates quoted in all tables are directly standardised using the latest European Standard Population (ESP2013). Prior to this publication ESP1976 had been used. Figures using ESP1976 and ESP2013 are not comparable. The whole time series of data have been calculated using ESP2013, so it is appropriate to compare rates over time. The number of people being admitted to hospital or who died will not change due to the European Standard Population revision.

The Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) have also carried out analyses on mortality (deaths) and hospital admissions and emergency department attendances from injury/serious injury across England, N Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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.