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Assaults: new figures released on A&E attendances and hospital admissions

24 July 2015: New figures on NHS A&E attendances and hospital admissions due to assaults (3) are released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

*Regional information is available within this report

Today's analysis covers Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data from May 2014 to April 2015 inclusive. It examines A&E attendances where the reason for attendance has been recorded as assault and hospital admissions where the external cause4 of injury has been recorded as one of several assault types5. Data are included for England over a five year period6.

The analysis also includes figures on admissions for the 10 most recorded diagnoses, as well as breakdowns by age, gender and NHS area team of residence.

Today's analysis can be viewed at:  


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts in England and from approximately 200 independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The HSCIC liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Figures refer to recorded admissions and are reliant upon the accurate and complete recording of cause of hospital admission. Submissions from the independent sector in particular have improved significantly in recent years.

3. The count of A&E attendances is the number of individual attendances where the reason for attendance was recorded by the A&E department as Assault. This is not a count of individual patients as the same person may have attended A&E on more than one occasion.

The count of admissions is the number of admission episodes where the cause of admission was recorded as Assault. This is not a count of individual patients as the same person may have been admitted on more than one occasion.

It is possible that a patient will attend an A&E department with injuries that require immediate admission to hospital. When this happens both the A&E attendance and the subsequent admission are counted and reported as separate events.

4. A supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. Only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode is counted in HES.

5. Assault admissions have been categorised by the following ICD-10 cause codes:

X85 Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

X86 Assault by corrosive substance

X87 Assault by pesticides

X88 Assault by gases and vapours

X89 Assault by other specified chemicals and noxious substances

X90 Assault by unspecified chemical or noxious substance

X91 Assault by hanging, strangulation and suffocation

X92 Assault by drowning and submersion

X93 Assault by handgun discharge

X94 Assault by rifle, shotgun and larger firearm discharge

X95 Assault by other and unspecified firearm discharge

X96 Assault by explosive material

X97 Assault by smoke, fire and flames

X98 Assault by steam, hot vapours and hot objects

X99 Assault by sharp object

Y00 Assault by blunt object

Y01 Assault by pushing from high place

Y02 Assault by pushing or placing victim before moving object

Y03 Assault by crashing of motor vehicle

Y04 Assault by bodily force

Y05 Sexual assault by bodily force

Y06 Neglect and abandonment

Y07 Other maltreatment

Y08 Assault by other specified means

Y09 Assault by unspecified means

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