The use of local accident and emergency injury surveillance to monitor the impact of a lay safety community programme

Ir Med J. 2002 May;95(5):143-5.


To study prospectively the injury patterns in under 14 year olds presenting to casualty. To use this information to assess the impact of a local Community Childhood Accident Prevention Project (CCAPP) Prospective injury surveillance was collected on all attendees under 14 years of age. Casualty attendance for the members of the Safety Club and matched controls were analysed. Of the 4,267 attendees there was the expected male predominance. 2,261 (53%) of injuries occurred at home, 574 (13.5%) on the road, 553 (13%) at school with 202 (4.7%) during sports. Priority areas noted were high falls > 1 metre, road accidents, burns and poisonings. Those participating in the program demonstrated significantly (p-value < 0.05) reduced admission rates and head injury rates when compared to non-participants. The above database allows us to analyse injury patterns and to assess the success of an EU-sponsored local injury prevention campaign in areas of high social deprivation.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Databases, Factual
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*