The epidemiology of assault-related hospital in-patient admissions and ED attendances

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/274556
Title:
The epidemiology of assault-related hospital in-patient admissions and ED attendances
Authors:
O’Farrell, A; De La Harpe, D; Geary, U
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Mar-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/274556
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology and impact of serious assault warranting in-patient care over six years and its impact on ED attendances in a large teaching hospital in Dublin over 2 years. There were 16,079 emergency assault-related in-patient hospital discharges reducing from 60.1 per 100,000 population in 2005 to 50.6 per 100,000 population in 2010. The median length of stay was 1 day (1-466) representing 49,870 bed days. The majority were young males (13,921, 86.6%; median age 26 years). Overall crime figures showed a similar reduction. However, knife crimes did not reduce over this period. Data on ED attendances confirmed the age and gender profile and also showed an increase at weekends. Alcohol misuse was recorded in 2,292/16079 (14%) of in-patient cases and 242/2484 (10%) in ED attendances. An inter-sectoral preventative approach specifically targeting knife crime is required to reduce this burden on health services.
Keywords:
HOSPITAL; VIOLENCE AGAINST THE PERSON; HOSPITALS
Local subject classification:
ASSAULT

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO’Farrell, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDe La Harpe, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorGeary, Uen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-21T12:34:38Z-
dc.date.available2013-03-21T12:34:38Z-
dc.date.issued2013-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/274556-
dc.descriptionThe aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology and impact of serious assault warranting in-patient care over six years and its impact on ED attendances in a large teaching hospital in Dublin over 2 years. There were 16,079 emergency assault-related in-patient hospital discharges reducing from 60.1 per 100,000 population in 2005 to 50.6 per 100,000 population in 2010. The median length of stay was 1 day (1-466) representing 49,870 bed days. The majority were young males (13,921, 86.6%; median age 26 years). Overall crime figures showed a similar reduction. However, knife crimes did not reduce over this period. Data on ED attendances confirmed the age and gender profile and also showed an increase at weekends. Alcohol misuse was recorded in 2,292/16079 (14%) of in-patient cases and 242/2484 (10%) in ED attendances. An inter-sectoral preventative approach specifically targeting knife crime is required to reduce this burden on health services.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.subjectHOSPITALen_GB
dc.subjectVIOLENCE AGAINST THE PERSONen_GB
dc.subjectHOSPITALSen_GB
dc.subject.otherASSAULTen_GB
dc.titleThe epidemiology of assault-related hospital in-patient admissions and ED attendancesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executive (HSE)en_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen_GB
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