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Table 3 Characteristics of children and youth by case definition, 2004/05 to 2009/10

From: Children and youth with ‘unspecified injury to the head’: implications for traumatic brain injury research and surveillance

Characteristics Inclusive Case Definition (n = 8,837) n (Col %) Restricted Case Definition (n = 6,500) n (Col%) ‘Unspecified’ Cases ONLY (n = 2,337) n (Col%)
Age Groups    
0-4 2,692 (30.5) 1,723 (26.5) 969 (41.5)
5-9 1,426 (16.1) 1,035 (15.9) 391 (16.7)
10-14 1,703 (19.3) 1,269 (19.5) 434 (18.6)
15-19 3,016 (34.1) 2,473 (38.0) 543 (23.2)
Sex    
Males 5,901 (66.8) 4,418 (68.0) 1,483 (63.5)
Females 2,936 (33.2) 2,082 (32.0) 854 (36.5)
Length of Stay (Days)    
1-2 4,925 (55.7) 3,218 (49.5) 1,707 (73.0)
3-5 2,252 (25.5) 1,813 (27.9) 440 (18.8)
6-11 885 (10.0) 769 (11.8) 116 (5.0)
12+ 774 (8.8) 700 (10.8) 74 (3.2)
Psychiatric Comorbidity    
Yes 477 (5.4) 347 (5.3) 130 (5.6)
No 8,350 (94.6) 6,153 (94.7) 2,207 (94.4)
Special Care Days    
Yes 1,638 (18.5) 1,440 (22.2) 198 (8.5)
No 7,199 (81.5) 5,060 (77.8) 2,139 (91.5)
Intention of Injury    
Unintentional 7,955 (91.4) 5,798 (89.2) 2,157 (94.0)
Suicide 42 (0.5) 29 (0.4) 13 (0.6)
Assault 677 (7.8) 558 (8.6) 119 (5.2)
Undetermined/Other 34 (0.4) 28 (0.4) 6 (0.3)
Mechanism of Injury    
Fall 3,325 (38.2) 2,153 (33.1) 1,172 (51.1)
Motor Vehicle Collision 1,833 (21.1) 1,494 (23.0) 339 (14.8)
Struck By/Against 1,595 (18.3) 1,184 (18.2) 411 (17.9)
Other 1,955 (22.5) 1,582 (24.3) 373 (16.3)
Discharge Disposition    
Home 7,547 (85.4) 5,395 (83.0) 2,152 (92.1)
Home with Support 416 (4.7) 353 (5.4) 63 (2.7)
Rehabilitation 181 (2.1) 165 (2.5) 16 (0.7)
CCC/LTC 53 (0.6) NR <5
Transferred 471 (5.3) NR NR
Death 169 (1.9) 78 (1.2) 91 (3.9)
  1. NR = not reportable due to small cell size