Queensland Trauma Insights – Jan 20202020-01-31T04:27:17+00:00

Queensland Trauma Insights

Low Speed Vehicle Run Over related injury hospitalisations: Queensland 2015 – 2019

Author: A/Prof Cate Cameron
Last updated on 15 January 2020


Injuries from low speed vehicle runover (LSVRO) events often occur during childhood, however these types of injuries can happen at any age, with the elderly becoming a more prominent age group. It has been 10 years since an in-depth analysis of these injuries was conducted in Queensland in the 0 – 15 year old age group1. The following snapshot shows contemporaneous epidemiological trends for the most recent 5 financial years of hospitalization data in Queensland.

Key findings

Between 01 July 2015 and 30 June 2019:

  • 490 LSVRO injury hospitalisation episodes in Qld.
  • Highest incidence in 0-4 year olds.
  • Greatest gender difference for younger ages with males having a higher incidence.
  • Second peak with increased rates in adults over 65 years of age with females having a higher incidence.
  • Increasing incidence in older age group over the time period.
  • 52% of events had a length of stay one day or less.
  • Injury events peaked in public carparks on a Thursday.
  • 50% of injuries resulted in fractures or dislocations.
  • 29% of injuries occurred in non-metropolitan areas.

Key figures

Activity/Outcome 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 Total
Episodes of care 108 123 124 135 490
Patient days 658 895 612 656 2821
Av Length of stay 6.1 7.3 4.9 4.8 5.8
Discharged home 73% 65% 77% 68% 71%

Age and Gender breakdown

Day of admission by place of injury

Month of injury

Jamieson Trauma Institute

Contact us

Jamieson Trauma Institute
Located: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Email: Jamieson_Trauma_Institute@health.qld.gov.au

Month of injury

Day of admission by place of injury

About us

The Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI) connects clinicians, researchers, government and industry partners striving to advance trauma prevention, research and clinical management, to deliver the best possible care for people who experience traumatic injury. JTI was established with funding from the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

For further information, contact: Jamieson_trauma_institute@health.qld.gov.au

Data scope and definitions

This overview was produced by the Jamieson Trauma Institute, in consultation with the Statistical Services Branch, Queensland Health, using Injury Hospitalisation Data from all Queensland hospitals using the Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC).

Data Source

Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC) Tables: JTI_JTI_EPIS & JTI_JTI_MORB

Data Scope

  • Admitted patient episodes with separation date between 01 July 2015 & 30 Jun 2019
  • Principal diagnosis within the ICD-10-AM code range: S00-T98
  • External cause ICD-10-AM codes related to ‘pedestrian’ (V00-V09) and Place of injury codes related to ‘driveway or garage’ (Y9200 or Y9202) or ‘farm’ (Y927) or ‘carpark’ (Y9287).
  • Care Type = Acute

This overview presents raw counts and percentages, not age standardised rates, as data relate to episodes of care and not individual patients. As this report is based on hospital separation data, figures for 01 Jul 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 may be an underestimate, due to some patients still being inpatients at the time of data extraction. Data for this report were current as at the data extraction date of 15 October. Data from 2019 are preliminary and subject to change.

1.Griffin BR, Watt K, Wallis BA, Shields LE, Kimble RM. Incidence or peadiatric fatal and non-fatal low speed vehicle run over events in Queensland, Australia: eleven-year analysis. BMC Public Health 2014; 14:245

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