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Unintentional Injuries

Emergency Care

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Unintentional Injuries

Unintentional injury is one of the main causes of death and is one of the common causes of emergency hospital admissions in children. Unintentional injuries are also a common cause for emergency hospital admissions among adults. The term "unintentional injury" is preferred to "accidents" as the latter implies events are inevitable and unavoidable whereas a high proportion of these incidents are now regarded as being preventable. Unintentional injuries can occur in any age group, but children and the elderly are more vulnerable.

The latest statistical release can be found on the Emergency Care Publications page and provides information on:

  • emergency hospital admissions as a result of an unintentional injury
  • deaths caused by unintentional injury

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