Collection of NDS-IS level 2 injury surveillance data in regional Queensland

Hanson, Dale, Pitt, W. Robert, Hockey, Richard, Miles, Elizabeth, and Muller, Reinhold (2002) Collection of NDS-IS level 2 injury surveillance data in regional Queensland. In: Muller, Reinhold, (ed.) Reducing Injuries in Mackay, North Queensland. Warwick Educational Publishing, Warwick, QLD, Australia, pp. 1-16.

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Injury is an important public health issue in the Mackay Region. Hospital separations due to injury occur at double the rate observed for the rest of Queensland.

The Mackay Injury Surveillance Network was established in 1997 as part of the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit’s network. This population based network collects data from all public Emergency Departments in the region.

The Emergency Department of the Mackay Base Hospital collects data using the EDIS computer database. All other Emergency Departments use a paper based system.

The Mackay Injury Surveillance Network reported 35,211 Emergency Department presentations due to injury from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2000. This represents an age standardised rate of 12,584 per 100,000 for males, 2.0 times the rate observed in South Brisbane; and a rate of 6,319 per 100,000 for females, 1.7 times the rate observed in South Brisbane.

High ascertainment rates have been achieved. The Mackay Base Hospital Emergency Department has achieved a case ascertainment rate of 93.5%, with 85% of records complete. Injury Surveillance reports have been stable throughout this study. This combined with the high ascertainment rate highlights the significant advantages of computerised Emergency Department injury surveillance systems.

Annual injury reports from peripheral hospitals have increased over the period as ascertainment rates improve. An overall ascertainment rate of 75% has been achieved in regional hospitals in 2000. Ascertainment rates varied considerably between peripheral hospitals ranging from 48% to 95% in 2000. The collection of injury surveillance data finds strategic focus in the context of the prevention programs they are designed to inform. The Mackay/Whitsunday Safe Communities Project is a community based safety promotion project which aims to reduce injury in the Mackay Region by 30% over five years. Timely and detailed local injury surveillance data identifying the determinants and distribution of injury in the community are an important tool to enable the project to target strategic areas for intervention and monitor effects of interventions.

Item ID: 14377
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-9579788-2-9
Keywords: injury surveillance data; intervention
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