Injuries: Offensive Weapons

Health written question – answered on 18th March 2009.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients aged (a) under 10, (b) between 10 and 15, (c) between 16 and 18, (d) between 19 and 25 and (e) over 25 years old were admitted to hospital through accident and emergency departments in each health trust with a primary or secondary diagnosis of injury caused by a blade or sharp or pointed implement in each of the last five years.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Information has been provided on the number of hospital admissions with an external cause code of either 'Assault by sharp object' (x99) or 'Contact with knife sword or dagger' (w26) split by the separated age groups.

It is not possible to provide the data for 'each health trust' because this would result in the need to suppress the majority of figures (any number between one and five poses a risk that individuals may be identifiable). Therefore, the data is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) of treatment (based on the postcode of the main site of the SHA).

This data is limited to those with an admission method of 'Emergency: via Accident and Emergency (A&E) services, including the casualty department of the provider' and 'Emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A&E department of another healthcare provider'.

The available information has been placed in the Library and reference should be made to the footnotes and clinical codes when interpreting the data.

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