Injuries: Offensive Weapons

Health written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Brian Binley Brian Binley Conservative, Northampton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital bed days were taken up by patients being treated for an injury caused by assault by a sharp object in each of the last six years.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The number of bed days for finished consultant episodes with a cause code of assault by sharp object between 2006-07 and 2011-12 is shown in the table. We have also supplied the number of day case episodes with a cause code of assault by sharp object as these are not included in the calculation of bed days. This data is available as part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's admitted patient care annual publications.

It should be noted that the vast majority of people who attend hospital due to assault by a sharp object (including knives), are treated without being admitted to hospital—there is no accurate data on the number of people who attend hospital for treatment for this type of assault, but are not admitted.

Count of bed days(1) for finished consultant episodes(2) (FCEs) and total day case episodes(3) with a cause code of assault by sharp object(4) for 2006-07 to 2011-12(5)
  Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
  Day cases FCE bed days
2006-07 53 12,098
2007-08 80 9,901
2008-09 103 9,229
2009-10 99 8,741
2010-11 125 9,169
2011-12 127 7,792
(1) FCE bed days: This is the sum of the episode duration for all episodes that ended within the financial year. This field does not include bed days where the episode was unfinished at the end of the financial year. This field is different to the ‘Bed days’ field used in publications prior to 2008-09 which included an estimation of bed days from unfinished episodes. (2) Finished Consultant Episode (FCE): A finished consultant episode (FCE) is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year. (3) Day case episodes The count of FCEs relating to day cases. Day cases are in-patients who have been admitted for treatment just for the day. They are therefore always single episode spells with a duration of zero days. The intention is for treatment to be concluded in one day. If, unexpectedly, the patient is kept overnight, it must be re-classed as an ordinary admission. (4) Cause code A supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. Only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode is counted in Hospital Episode Statistics. X99: Assault by sharp object (5) Assessing growth through time (In-patients): HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care

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