Hospital admissions due to accidents and injuries in the
EU27 sum up to almost 7 million, more than 19,000 people each day and nearly
nine percent of all hospital admissions in the EU, causing billions of
healthcare costs (Figure 7.5).
Figure 7.5. Hospital discharges due
to injuries, EU27, 2003-2005
On average about 1 500 hospital discharges due to injuries
per 100 000 inhabitants in the EU27 are reported per year. A wide range of
discharges exists between Member States, from 540 in Malta to 2 858 in Austria, which reflects differences in national hospital admission policies
and healthcare systems. The average hospital stay after an injury is approximately
8 days, adding up to an estimated total of € 1.5 billion alone for hospital
inpatients treated for injuries (Table 7.3).
Table 7.3. Hospital discharge due
to injuries, EU27: Minimum and maximum values per country
Accident and injuries are extraordinarily detrimental to
Community productivity. Little data is available on the causes of sick
leave and disability due to injuries yet, both are important factors
in reduced productivity. National data indicate that up to 8% of retirements on
the grounds of disability and 20% of sick leave days are
the result of injuries (Bauer et al, 2007).