Falls in children aged 0-14

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Falls in children aged 0-14

  • Trends in attendances rates show an increase between 2011 and 2012 for both males and females (from 3160.3 per 100,000 to 3897.5 per 100,000 for males and from 2458.8 per 100,000 to 3023.4 per 100,000 for females, figure 1). Thereafter, rates are steady for both males and females. Similar patterns occur in the 5-9 and 10-14 age groups (figures 2 and 3).
  • Children who live in the most deprived areas have the highest rates of attendances and rates decrease with decreasing deprivation.  The exception is those who live in the least deprived areas; the rates for the least deprived are similar to those who live in areas of mid deprivation (figure 4).
  • The highest rate of attendances due to falls was in the 10-14 year age group in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (10,313.3 per 100,000, figure 5). Please note that there is considerable variation in how injuries are recorded in different hospitals and how these are then mapped to the mandated Emergency Department Data Set (EDDS). Therefore differences between Health boards should be interpreted with caution. The quality of data and the number of injuries recorded is expected to improve following the introduction of a new all-Wales ED computer system this year.

 

Figure 1. Trends of attendance rates due to falls for children aged 0-4 (3 year moving averages)

 

Figure 2. Trends of attendance rates due to falls for children aged 5-9 (3 year moving averages)

 

Figure 3. Trends of attendance rates due to falls for children aged 10-14 (3 year moving averages)

 

Figure 4. Attendance rates due to falls for children aged 0-14 by Welsh Index for Multiple Deprivation fifths (2013-2015 average)

 

Figure 5. Attendance rates due to falls for children aged 0-14 by health board (2013-2015 average)