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Unintentional Falls Most Common Cause of Injury Reported ED Visit

Canada: Unintentional falls resulted in almost 1,800 reported emergency department (ED) visits and 417 hospital stays every day last year, making them the most common cause of injury in 2016–2017.  According to new data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), there were more than 2 million reported ED visits due to injury last year — 653,808 of which were the result of unintentional falls (results are based on partial ED coverage for injuries, at 52%). There were also more than 263,000 injury and trauma hospitalizations last year (meaning the patient spent at least one night as an inpatient). There were almost 8 ED visits due to injury and trauma for every hospitalization. Reported ED visits and hospitalizations for injuries and trauma cost $2.33 billion last year (excluding Quebec and physician compensation).

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