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 and Young, Ross M. (2015) Alcohol-related emergency department injury presentations in Queensland adolescents and young adults over a 13-year period. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34 2: 177-184. doi:10.1111/dar.12218


Author Hides, Leanne
Limbong, Jesani
Vallmuur, Kirsten
Barker, Ruth
Daglish, Mark
Young, Ross M.
Title Alcohol-related emergency department injury presentations in Queensland adolescents and young adults over a 13-year period
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3362
0959-5236
Publication date 2015-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/dar.12218
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 177
End page 184
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Alcohol
Injury
Emergency department
Alcohol-related injury
Injury surveillance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 10 Oct 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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