Emergency Department Visits

Overall Trend
  • In 2017, there were 4,834 emergency department visits for injuries due to falls among Chatham-Kent residents.
  • The rate was 4,295.3 (4,170.7, 4,419.9) per 100,000 which was significantly higher than the rate of 3,150.4 (3,141.2, 3,159.6) per 100,000 for Ontario.
  • Over time, rates for Chatham-Kent have increased gradually and have been higher than rates for the province overall.
Age-standardized rate of ED visits for injuries due to falls, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2003-2017
Age-standardized rate of ED visits for injuries due to falls, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2003-2017
By Age Group
  • Those under the age of 20 and 75 years and older experienced significantly higher rates compared to other age groups.
  • The rates for Chatham-Kent were significantly higher than provincial rates across all age groups.
Rate of ED visits for injuries due to falls, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
Rate of ED visits for injuries due to falls, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
By Sex
  • Females experienced significantly higher rates compared to males. 
  • Chatham-Kent males and females experienced significantly higher rates compared to Ontario males and females.
Age-standardized rate of ED visits for injuries due to falls, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
Age-standardized rate of ED visits for injuries due to falls, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017

Hospitalizations

Overall Trend
  • In 2017, there were 437 hospitalizations for injuries due to falls among Chatham-Kent residents.
  • The rate was 314.3 (283.9, 344.7) per 100,000 which was significantly higher than the rate of 280.2 (277.6, 282.8) per 100,000 for Ontario.
  • Over time, rates provincially and locally have been stable with rates in Chatham-Kent being generally higher than the province overall.
Age-standardized hospitalization rate for injuries due to falls, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2003-2017
Age-standardized hospitalization rate for injuries due to falls, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2003-2017
By Age Group
  • Above the age of 20, hospitalization rates increased significantly with increasing age. 
  • In Chatham-Kent, the rate among those aged 20 to 44 was significantly higher than the rate for Ontarians of the same age group.
Hospitalization rate for injuries due to falls, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
Hospitalization rate for injuries due to falls, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
By Sex
  • Females experienced significantly higher hospitalization rates compared to males.
Age-standardized hospitalization rate for injuries due to falls, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
Age-standardized hospitalization rate for injuries due to falls, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017

Mortality

Overall Trend
  • In 2015, there were 17 deaths from injuries due to falls among Chatham-Kent residents.
  • The mortality rate was 11.3 (5.8, 16.8) per 100,000 which was not significantly different than the rate of 16.1 (15.4, 16.7) per 100,000 for Ontario.
  • Over time, rates for the province have gradually increased while rates for Chatham-Kent have fluctuated, showing a decreasing trend in most recent years.
Age-standardized mortality rate for injuries due to falls, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2003-2015
Age-standardized mortality rate for injuries due to falls, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2003-2015
By Age Group
  • Ontarians 75 years and older experienced significantly higher mortality rates compared to other age groups. A similar trend was observed for Chatham-Kent, however the difference between age groups was not significant. 
  • In Chatham-Kent, the rate among those aged 75 years and older was significantly lower compared to Ontarians of the same age group.
Mortality rate for injuries due to falls, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
Mortality rate for injuries due to falls, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
By Sex
  • Ontario males experienced significantly higher mortality rates than Ontario females. A similar trend was observed for Chatham-Kent, however the difference between sexes was not significant.
Age-standardized mortality rate for injuries due to falls, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017
Age-standardized mortality rate for injuries due to falls, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2017