> In the EU, every two minutes a dead injury

And for injuries and poisonings, related to accidents or violence, are also hospitalized about 7 million citizens and 35 million arriving at the emergency department within a year.

these Are some data from the 2009 Report “Injuries in the european Union”, presented by Eurosafe, the european association for injury prevention and safety promotion, and the network of the european system of surveillance of accidents “Injury DataBase” (Idb), which in Italy is based on the coordination of the Istituto superiore di sanità. 

the data show that a run greater risk of accidents are children, young people (especially adolescents), the elderly, and the più ‘moderate’ on the road, i.e. pedestrians and cyclists.

registers, moreover, a strong difference in the rates of mortality,à between the Countries of the Union: more than 100,000 people each year could be saved every year if each of the 27 member Countries were to reduce their rate of mortality,à for injury to the lowest level observed among the countries of the più ‘virtuous’. 

And the general reduction of accidents – three quarters of which occur in the leisure and in the home – would bring positive effects on the economy, since every year are spent in the Eu at least € 15 billion for the only in-patient treatment of hospitalized injury.

The Report – based on data from 2005/2007 – show a particular decline in the mortalityà, in recent years, road accidents, thanks to the community programme of prevention which all the countries of the Union are implementing. In decrease also the deaths on the job.

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While the domestic accidents and leisure time, the trend has instead only a modest reduction in the index of a difficult capacity of control of the phenomenon.   

The data on the incidents and the violence – is explained on the website of the Iss – can be obtained from different sources, such as police reports, those of the emergency services non-health (type fire), and the data insurance. Unfortunately, these sources are fragmentary and often incomplete.

on The contrary, the data that the hospital remain a source of information more reliable on the injury, especially for those più serious, are normally treated in emergency services and in hospital departments.

Thirteen Countries of the Union, among which Italy, through the Istituto superiore di sanità, and the network of hospitals that collaborate on the theme, are collecting data on injuries, according to a common format european, in the emergency services of the hospital.

Data is preserved and disseminated by the Directorate general of public health of the european Commission. To date, about 350,000 hits per year in the emergency ward are recorded from the Idb, allowing to have information on the place and on the circumstances of the accident, as well asé on the products, as in the case of poisoning, which are responsible for it.

the Page was published on December 16, 2009