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Burn injury hospitalisations

Males, 2017-18
32.6Males, 2016-17
34.1Males, 2015-16
35.5Males, 2014-15
34.3Males, 2013-14
32.1Males, 2012-13
29.3Males, 2011-12
28.1Males, 2010-11
29.6Males, 2009-10
31.1Males, 2008-09
28.2Males, 2007-08
31Males, 2006-07
27.9Males, 2005-06
26.9Males, 2004-05
25.7Males, 2003-04
26.9Males, 2002-03
28.1Males, 2001-02
29.2Females, 2017-18
17Females, 2016-17
17.9Females, 2015-16
18.1Females, 2014-15
19.1Females, 2013-14
16.7Females, 2012-13
17.5Females, 2011-12
16Females, 2010-11
14.2Females, 2009-10
14.6Females, 2008-09
14.3Females, 2007-08
15.6Females, 2006-07
15.3Females, 2005-06
13.7Females, 2004-05
12.9Females, 2003-04
11.9Females, 2002-03
12.7Females, 2001-02
13Persons, 2017-18
24.8Persons, 2016-17
26Persons, 2015-16
26.8Persons, 2014-15
26.7Persons, 2013-14
24.4Persons, 2012-13
23.4Persons, 2011-12
22.1Persons, 2010-11
22Persons, 2009-10
22.9Persons, 2008-09
21.3Persons, 2007-08
23.4Persons, 2006-07
21.6Persons, 2005-06
20.3Persons, 2004-05
19.4Persons, 2003-04
19.5Persons, 2002-03
20.3Persons, 2001-02
  • + Source

    NSW Combined Admitted Patient Epidemiology Data and ABS population estimates (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    To reduce multiple counting of hospitalisation episodes relating to the same injury incident, this indicator includes records with burn injury as a principal diagnosis and excludes records with statistical discharge and hospital transfer. Refer to Codes and Methods tabs for more information.

    Only NSW residents are included. Rehabilitation episodes are excluded, unless otherwise stated. Figures are based on where a person resides, rather than where they are treated. Hospital separations were classified using ICD-10-AM. Rates were age-adjusted using the Australian population as at 30 June 2001.

    Patients treated solely within the emergency department are excluded from this indicator report due to a policy change (PD2017_015). Please note that a minority of patients being managed in short stay areas of emergency departments are still included. Further information is found in a paper in the HealthStatsPLUS Methods tab on this website.

    Numbers for recent years include an estimate of the small number of hospitalisations of NSW residents in interstate public hospitals, data for which were unavailable at the time of production. Further details can be found in the Methods tab in the following HealthStats NSW indicator:

    LL/UL 95%CI = lower and upper limits of the 95% confidence interval for the point estimate.

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  • + Methods
  • + Codes
    • Codes: Burn injury Hospitalisations

      The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems

      National Centre for Classification in Health, Australia; AM - Australian Modification
      DescriptionICD-10 & ICD-10-AMComments
      Burns and scalds T20-T31

      This indicator uses principal diagnosis only.

      All records are included for NSW residents only. Rehabilitation records are excluded, unless otherwise stated. 

      Episodes that are entirely within an emergency department are excluded.

      Records relating to acute hospital transfer and statistical discharge were excluded to eliminate double counting.

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    • Key points: Injury and poisoning

      • There were around 3,000 injury-related deaths in 2017 and 188,103 injury-related hospitalisations in 2018-19 in NSW.

      • Injury and poisoning is the leading cause of death among people aged 5 to 44 years.

      • Males have much higher rates of death and hospitalisation than females for all major injury causes, except for falls among older people.

      • The rate of hospitalisation for injury and poisoning in Aboriginal people was 1.7 times that of non-Aboriginal people in NSW in 2018-19.

      • Rates of death and hospitalisation from injury and poisoning are higher in remote and regional areas than in metropolitan areas.

    • Introduction: Injury and poisoning

      Definition and classification systems

      Injury can be described by the single or multiple body regions which are affected by the injury, by the type of injury itself or by an agency which caused the injury.

      Examples of the injuries described by body regions are: injuries to the head, injuries to the hip and thigh or injuries involving multiple body regions.

      Types of injury are: superficial injury (such as abrasion, contusion, insect bite), open wound (animal bite, cut, laceration, puncture wound), fracture (closed or open, which refers to the surface of skin), dislocation, sprain or strain, injury to nerves and spinal cord, injury to blood vessels, injury to muscles, fascia and tendon, crushing injury, traumatic amputation, injury to internal organs.

      Examples of environmental events and circumstances causing injury, poisoning or other adverse events are: transport accidents, falls, exposure to electrical current, exposure to forces of nature, assaults, intentional self-harm, complications of medical and surgical care. This classification of injury and poisoning is the most important in prevention planning. These events are also known as 'external causes' of the injury.

      Injury and poisoning burden of disease in Australia

      Injury has a major, but often preventable, influence on Australia’s health. It affects Australians of all ages and is the greatest cause of death in the first half of life. It leaves many with serious disability or long-term conditions. Injury was estimated to account for 8.5% of the burden of disease in 2015.

      For each person who dies of injuries there are several thousand individuals who survive and are left with permanent disabilities. Hospitalisation data provide an indication of the incidence of the more severe injuries.

    • Interventions: Injury and poisoning

      Injury prevention involves the collaboration of governments, the private sector and communities in order to create safer environments and cultures.

      Effective injury prevention strategies have been developed for a wide range of potential causes of injury. For example, balance and strength training is effective in reducing falls in older people, fencing around private swimming pools has reduced childhood drownings, and seat-belt and drinking-driving legislation together with measures relating to vehicle and road design have greatly increased road safety.

    • For more information: Injury and poisoning

      Useful websites include:

      New South Wales Injury Risk Management Research Centre at

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at

      WorkCover NSW at http:

      Youthsafe at

      Kidsafe NSW at

      Sportsafe at

      Water Safety at

      NSW Falls Prevention Network at

      healthdirect at

      NSW Falls Prevention Program: NSW Clinical Excellence Commission:

Last Updated At: Tuesday, 2 June 2020