EUGLOREH project
THE STATUS OF HEALTH IN THE EUROPEAN UNION:
TOWARDS A HEALTHIER EUROPE

FULL REPORT

PART II - HEALTH CONDITIONS

7. ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES AND RELATED TIME TRENDS: PREVALENCE, INCIDENCE AND MORTALITY

7.3. Data analysis and presentation

7.3.1. Comprehensive View of Injuries

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7.3.1. Comprehensive View of Injuries

 

The figures given in Table 7.1  are based on a data model that combines hospital data of the European Injury Database (IDB) with routine hospital discharge and cause of death data into a “comprehensive view of injuries in the EU” by different sectors of injury prevention. Projections in this overview of national surveys at EU level anticipate also the incidence information that will be available in the future through the EU Health Interview Surveys for injuries treated outside of hospitals (“All medically treated cases”). Also, indicators on health care consumption (hospital bed days) and long term consequences (prevalence of injury disability) of injuries by sector are given.

 

The comprehensive view of injuries (CVI) in Table 7.1. Comprehensive view of injuries by sector, EU27 allows for a comparison of major injury outcomes per injury sector, providing added value for public health and cross-sector injury prevention. For example:

 

·          For every injury-related death, another 28 people are admitted to hospital and another 136 people are treated in Accident and Emergency departments in EU countries;

 

·          Roughly 60 million – or 12% - out of 500 million EU citizens are medically treated for injuries each year; this is more than the whole population of Italy:

 

- 252 000 Fatal Injuries

- 7 000 000 Hospital Admissions

- 34 200 000 Hospital Outpatients

- 18 300 000 Other medical Treatment

 

·          This corresponds to 50 million hospital days annually and a prevalence of more than 3 million disabled people to date, an enormous economic and public health toll;

·          Traffic injuries account for approximately 23% of fatal injuries but only for 7% of non-fatal injuries.

·          More than 80% of accidents happen in the area of home, leisure and sports - the setting with the most injuries by far;

·          EU-wide two thirds of all injuries are treated in hospitals, making them an important setting for injury surveillance.

 

Table 7.1Comprehensive view of injuries by sector, EU27