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Accident & Emergency Admissions, Slipping On Ice – New FiguresFebruary 25th, 2011 - 00:02 am
If you are of a nervous disposition look away now! The latest figures have just been released by the NHS for slip and falls on ice resulting in accident & emergency admissions. But before revealing the really scary stuff let’s revisit the mildly scary stuff.
According to The Health and Social Care Information Centre, who compile information for the National Health Service in 2008 – 2009 (a mild winter!):
• 7,832 patients specifically reported as ‘falling on the same level involving ice and snow’.
• 98% required hospital admission
• Resulting in 29,952 bed days
• Single biggest percentage of patients was 60 – 74 years of age
• What might surprise you is that 47% were aged between 15 – 59 years of age.
As you might expect the figures for 2009-2010 which included a very severe winter increased considerably: �
• 18,565 patients were admitted to A&E as a result of falling on snow and ice
• Resulting in 70,674 bed days
Based on the very low estimate of £100 per bed day (includes linen, hospital gown, heat, light, power, perhaps an hour of nursing/doctors time) it’s costing the NHS (and you and me via our taxes) a minimum of £7 million per year. Makes spending £35 on a good pair of ice grips like ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip seem like chicken feed!
But what is so worrying about these figures are the effects on peoples incomes. Research carried out in the USA by the National Safety Council suggested that on average people hospitalised as a result of an injury caused by slipping on ice lose £22,500 income. If that’s not reason enough to invest in some good quality ice grips, ice cleats, shoe chains or other personal traction products – what is? – have a look www.icegripper.co.uk