Injuries Among Seniors in Ontario

seniors_report_cover.jpg The Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre has released the report Injuries among Seniors in Ontario: A Descriptive Analysis of Emergency Department and Hospitalization Data.

Key findings include:

  • In 2004/05, there were over 1.3 million emergency department visits due to injury in Ontario. Adults 65 years of age and older accounted for 11% of these visits, totalling over 146,000 visits.
  • There were a total of 76,444 injury hospitalizations in Ontario during the 2004/05 fiscal year. Seniors accounted for 40% of these hospitalizations, which amounts to almost 31,000 injury hospitalizations.
  • Falls were by far the most common type of injury for seniors, followed by transport incidents.

The report also presents patterns of emergency visits and hospitalizations for a variety of factors, such as age, sex, month of admission, cause of injury and discharge status. In addition, injury patterns are broken down by region and Local Health Integration Network.

Two sources of injury data were used: emergency department data from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) and acute care hospitalization data from the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) at the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Download the report [PDF - 3.7MB]

Updated May 14, 2007