[PDF] Action on accidents: taking pressure off A&E by investing in the prevention of unintentional injuries to under-5s

Source:
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
Publisher:
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents;Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
23 November 2015

Abstract

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) are calling for a £20million per year nationwide programme to reduce unintentional (accidental) injuries to under-5s. Research shows that A&E departments treat a disproportionate number of unintentional injuries within three age groups – under-5s, 15-24s and over-70s – with under-5s accounting for 7% of all hospital emergency treatment. Such a programme would be effective in reducing harm to children, would save costs and would take pressure off hospital Emergency Departments (A&E).