Accidents

In 2008/09 there were 1,301 emergency hospital admissions for unintentional and deliberate injuries for those aged 0-17 years in Cambridgeshire.  Over the eight year period, April 2001 to March 2009 rates of emergency hospital admissions for unintentional and deliberate injuries were consistent, significantly higher in males than females and highest in the 15-17 year age group followed by the under fives.  In 2008/09, rates were highest in Huntingdonshire and Fenland.  The rate of emergency hospital admissions correlates with the Index of Multiple Deprivation scores, with the top 20% most deprived areas consistently having the highest rates.  Falls were the predominant causes of injuries in the 0-14 age groups whereas among those aged 15-17 years, intentional self-harm was the leading cause.  Where place of injury was specified, the majority occurred in the home environment.