Latest edition of Hazard analyses unintentional home injuries during pandemic

The latest edition of the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit's Hazard publication has been released.Hazard 89 cover

The edition aims to provide an in-depth description of hospital-admitted unintentional home injury relevant to the COVID pandemic from January 2019 to December 2020.

The publication also includes an analysis of health service use overall among Victorian hospitals along with an overview of the change in caseload over time to provide context before and during COVID-19.

It is shown that hospital admissions in general (not limited to injury-related cases) decreased in lockdown months; this pattern was observed in elective as well as emergency admissions. The number of injury-related hospital admissions also decreased during lockdown, but a proportional increase was observed in injuries that occurred in the home.

Children were overrepresented in home injury admission during the lockdown periods. Child home injury admission rates in Victoria increased during COVID-19, from 287 to 404 per 100,000 population in the 0-4 year age group, and from 103 to 161 per 100,000 population in the 5-9 year age group (April to October 2019 vs. April to October 2020, respectively).

The data sources for this report were the VISU-held injury surveillance datasets, which include hospital admissions recorded in the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED) and ED presentations recorded in the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD).

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