Alcohol-related emergency department injury presentations in Queensland adolescents and young adults over a 13-year period

Hides, Leanne, Limbong, Jesani, Vallmuur, Kirsten, Barker, Ruth, Daglish, Mark, & Young, Ross McD. (2015) Alcohol-related emergency department injury presentations in Queensland adolescents and young adults over a 13-year period. Drug And Alcohol Review, 34(2), pp. 177-184.

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Abstract

Introduction and Aims. The rate of alcohol-related emergency department (ED) presentations in young people has increased dramatically in recent decades. Injuries are the most common type of youth alcohol-related ED presentation, yet little is known about these injuries in young people. This paper describes the characteristics of alcohol-related ED injury presentations in young people over a 13-year period and determines if they differ by gender and/or age group (adolescents: 12–17 years; young adults: 18–24 years). Design and Method. The Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) database collects injury surveillance data at triage in participating EDs throughout Queensland, Australia. A total of 4667 cases of alcohol-related injuries in young people (aged 12–24 years) were identified in the QISU database between January 1999 and December 2011, using an injury surveillance code and nursing triage text-based search strategy. Results. Overall, young people accounted for 38% of all QISU alcohol-related ED injury presentations in patients aged 12 years or over. The majority of young adults presented with injuries due to violence and falls, whereas adolescents presented due to self-harm or intoxication without other injury. Males presented with injuries due to violence, whereas females presented with alcohol-related self-harm and intoxication. Discussion and Conclusions. There is a need for more effective ways of identifying the degree of alcohol involvement in injuries among young people presenting to EDs.

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ID Code: 77635
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: alcohol, injury, emergency department, alcohol-related injury, injury surveillance
DOI: 10.1111/dar.12218
ISSN: 0959-5236
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2014 00:42
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 17:20

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