Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 17 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Fireworks Injuries.

  173. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of persons who have been treated for injuries as a result of fireworks during the eight years since 1996; the breakdown of the figures in terms of age profile and the county origins of the persons injured; and the type of injuries sustained. [29253/04]

  Ms Harney: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the tables below. Data are derived from the hospital inpatient enquiry, HIPE, system which records information on each episode of hospitalisation in publicly funded acute hospitals. The primary aim of HIPE is to provide measures of hospital activity for specific diagnostic and procedure categories. There is provision in HIPE for coding of underlying external causes of types of injuries, such as fireworks, but this information may not always be available to the coder and significant under-reporting is therefore possible. National statistics are not available on injuries from fireworks which do not result in hospitalisation.

Table 1 provides figures for each year from 1996 to 2003 and separately for Dublin residents and the rest of the country. Numbers of cases are too small to provide a breakdown by individual county of residence. Table 2 shows an age and gender breakdown for all years combined. Over [1090] 70% of injuries are to males under the age of 20. Table 3, again for all years combined, indicates the principal types of injuries sustained. Over 40% of all principal diagnoses are burn injuries.

Table 1: Hospitalisations due to accidents involving fireworks — 1996 to 2003.

Area of Residence

Year

Dublin

Rest of Ireland

Total

1996

16

11

27

1997

1

5

6

1998

4

6

10

1999

1

2

3

2000

4

7

11

2001

13

9

22

2002

6

3

9

2003

14

12

26

Total

59

55

114

Table 2: All hospitalisations due to accidents involving fireworks 1996 to 2003 by age group and gender.

Age Group

Male

Female

Total

0 — 9 Years

19

3

22

10 — 19 Years

63

8

71

20 — 29 Years

8

2

10

30+ Years

9

2

11

All Ages

99

15

114

Table 3: Types of injuries from fireworks 1996 to 2003.

Injury

Number

Burns of Face/Neck/Head

19

Burns of Wrist/Hand

18

Burns of Eye & Adnexa

7

All Other Burns

6

Open Wound of Upper Limb

20

Open Wound of Head, Neck & Trunk

8

Fractures

8

Contusion with Intact Skin Surface

9

Other Injuries

19

Total

114

Source: Hospital in-patient inquiry, HIPE, 1996-2003.

Notes: Data refer to patients with an external cause code of ICD-9-CM E923.0 — accidents caused by fireworks. Types of injuries refer to the principal diagnosis only.

Question No. 174 answered with Question No. 118.