Hospital stays for injuries among children and youth decrease over five years: CIHI

February, 2008 – The number of people under age 20 admitted to Canadian hospitals for injuries declined by 11.3% over five years—from over 32,900 in 2001–2002 to over 29,200 in 2005–2006, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The number of injury admissions and the rate of injury admission (per 10,000 population) both decreased by a similar amount over the course of the time period studied. Injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability for children and youth.

In 2005–2006, unintentional falls were the leading cause of hospitalization for pediatric injury, representing 37% of injury-related admissions in this age group. This was followed by motor vehicle collisions (18%), which were responsible for the highest proportion of in-hospital deaths of those under age 20.

CIHI’s report is the first in a series of trauma reports to focus on pediatric injury, examining the factors involved in injury admissions by age group, type and cause of injury and province, as well as the outcomes associated with those injuries.

About CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI’s goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable information. CIHI’s data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health. www.cihi.ca.