INCIDENCE OF HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ATTENDANCES FOR ROAD INJURY

This report contains the results of a project to estimate at national level total attendances for road injury at hospital emergency departments in 1990/91. In order to provide a basis for subsequent estimates, the project also sought to quantify the relationship between attendances and admissions for road injury. It is well known that a large proportion of low severity road crashes are never reported to police and that as a result estimates of the number of people receiving crash related injuries are likely to be significantly underestimated by police figures. This report provides some indication of the degree of this underestimation and may provide a basis to substantially increase estimations of the economic cost of road crashes. Key results were as follows: (a) It was estimated that there were 116,781 road injury attendances in Australia during 1990/91; (b) The ratio of attendances to admissions was 3.53:1 nationally, with 95% confidence intervals of 2.82 - 4.24; (c) Comparison of the point estimate of attendances derived from hospitals with an estimate of minor injury provided from police demonstrated substantial underreporting of minor injury in police statistics. (a)

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    NATIONAL INJURY SURVEILLANCE UNIT. ROAD INJURY INFORMATION PROGRAM

    LAFFER DRIVE
    BEDFORD PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA  Australia  5042
  • Authors:
    • O'Connor, P J
  • Publication Date: 1993-12

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 81 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: RIIP-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00715710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-642-20112-9
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM