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Table 1 Injury admissions to hospital by gender, age group, ethnicity, and mechanism in Viti Levu, Fiji, October 2005-September 2006

From: A profile of Injury in Fiji: findings from a population-based injury surveillance system (TRIP-10)

Variable Overall § n (%) Overall rate* (95% CI) Fijian n (%) Fijian rate (95% CI) Indian, n (%) Indian rate (95% CI)
Total 1994 306.5 (293.0, 319.9) 1133 320.2 (301.5, 338.8) 756 290.8 (270.0, 311.5)
Gender
Male 1373(68.9) 415.6 (393.6, 437.6) 808 (71.3) 452.3 (421.1, 483.5) 494 (65.3) 372.0 (339.2, 404.8)
Female 621 (31.1) 193.9 (178.7, 209.2) 325 (28.7) 185.4 (165.3, 205.6) 262 (34.7) 206.0 (181.0, 230.9)
Age group
0 – 14 years 451 (2.6) 246.8 (224.0, 269.5) 311 (27.4) 274.8 (244.3, 305.4) 123 (16.3) 207.3 (170.6, 243.9)
15 – 29 years 694 (34.8) 368.6 (341.2, 396.0) 413 (36.5) 408.4 (369.0, 447.8) 247 (32.7) 321.4 (281.3, 361.5)
30 – 44 years 442 (22.2) 321.1 (291.2, 351.0) 259 (22.8) 361.3 (317.3, 405.3) 159 (21.0) 274.4 (231.7, 317.0)
≥ 45years 407(20.4) 286.8 (258.9, 314.6) 150 (13.2) 220.9 (185.5, 256.2) 227 (30.0) 344.7 (299.8, 389.5)
Mechanism of injury
Fall 602 (30.2) 92.5 (85.1, 99.9) 309 (27.3) 87.3 (77.6, 97.0) 246 (32.5) 94.6 (82.8, 106.4)
Hit by person or object 466 (23.4) 71.6 (65.1, 78.1) 334 (29.5) 94.4 (84.3, 104.5) 108 (14.3) 41.5 (33.7, 49.4)
Road traffic injury 353(17.7) 54.3 (48.6, 59.9) 170 (15.0) 48.0 (40.8, 55.3) 171 (22.6) 65.8 (55.9, 75.6)
Cutting or piercing 228 (11.4) 35.0 (30.5, 39.6) 167 (14.7) 47.2 (40.0, 54.3) 50 (6.6) 19.2 (13.9, 24.6)
Poisoning 169 (8.5) 26.0 (22.1, 29.9) 48 (4.2) 13.6 (9.7, 17.4) 117 (15.5) 45 (36.8, 53.2)
Fire/heat/electricity 109 (5.5) 16.8 (13.6, 19.9) 62 (5.5) 17.5 (13.2, 21.9) 45 (6.0) 17.3 (12.3, 22.4)
Choking or hanging 17 (0.9) 2.6 (1.4, 3.9) 10 (0.9) 2.8 (1.1, 4.6) 6 (0.8) 2.3 (0.5, 4.2)
Sexual assault 9 (0.5) 1.4 (0.5, 2.3) - - - -
Near drowning - - - - - -
Other 18 (0.9) 2.8 (1.5, 4.0) 13 (1.1) 3.7 (1.7, 5.7) - -
Unknown 19 (1.0) 2.9 (1.6, 4.2) 13 (1.1) 3.7 (1.7, 5.7) 5 (0.7) 1.9 (0.2, 3.6)
Intent
Unintentional 1493 (74.9) 229.5 (217.8, 241.1) 844 (74.5) 238.5 (222.4, 254.6) 568 (75.1) 218.5 (200.5, 236.4)
Self-inflicted injury 144 (7.2) 22.1 (18.5, 25.7) 30 (2.6) 8.5 (5.4, 11.5) 109 (14.4) 41.9 (34.1, 49.8)
Interpersonal violence 306 (15.3) 47 (41.8, 52.3) 23 (20.4) 65.3 (56.9, 73.7) 58 (7.7) 22.3 (16.6, 28.1)
Undetermined 51 (2.5) 7.8 (5.7, 10.0) 28 (2.5) 7.9 (5.0, 10.8) 21 (2.8) 8.1 (4.6, 11.5)
Outcome
Discharged 1923 (96.4) 295.6 (282.3, 308.8) 1105 (97.5) 312.2 (293.8, 330.6) 715 (94.6) 275.0 (254.8, 295.1)
Died while admitted 71 (3.6) 10.9 (8.4, 13.5) 28 (2.5) 7.9 (5.0, 10.8) 41 (5.4) 15.98 (10.9, 20.6)
Length of stay (days)
Total 13,515   7463   5371  
Mean 6.8   6.6   7.1  
Median 3 (0–161)   3 (0–107)   3 (0–161)  
  1. Source:Fiji Bureau of Statistics 2007 census data[16]; * Rate per 100,000; § ‘Other’ ethnic group is included in the overall count and rate calculation; - Cells with values less than 5 have been omitted.