A new report has highlighted the main reasons why Queenslanders end up in hospital – and it’s different depending on your age.
The report also showed Queensland has the second-highest injury hospitalisation rate in Australia with 2014 people per 100,000 people.
The data shows children up to 14 years are most likely to end up in hospital from falls from playground equipment. There were nearly 1600 cases over the report’s five year period from 2011-12 until 2015-16.
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The second top cause for hospitalisations of the same age-group of children was falls involving ice-skates, roller-skates, skateboards and scooters (829 cases), with falls from slipping, tripping and stumbling the third highest cause (671 cases).
Meanwhile, young people aged 15-34 years were most likely to end up in hospital through assault (2,680 cases), followed by motorbike non-collision accidents (2,224 cases).
And Queenslanders aged 35+ years were likely to end up in hospital from falls.
Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur, who was the lead author of the report, said that “aside from the type and number of trauma cases being experience, the snapshot also shows more than 813,000 bed days were needed to care for the 154,000 [hospitalisation cases noted in the report] in public hospitals state wide since 2011-12, with each patient hospitalised for just over five days on average.
“The reality is the more we know about the trauma cases we’re seeing in our hospitals, the sooner we can get these patients home, or even help prevent them from entering the health system in the first place, which reduces costs on the health system and improves the health of Queenslanders.”
The State’s Minister for Health, Cameron Dick used the report to stress the need for Queenslanders to only visit the Emergency Department for emergencies.
“There were 50,000 more presentations to EDs last year than in the previous year,” Mr Dick said.
“Some people are presenting with requests for prescriptions and medical certificates, and with minor ailments like a common cold, sunburn and splinters. I encourage people to call or visit your GP, call 13 HEALTH or call the After Hours Home Doctor Service if it is not urgent.”