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Penetrating injuries cost NHS more than £3m a year

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1070 (Published 29 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1070
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Penetrating injuries, including stabbings, may cost the NHS in England and Wales more than £3m (€4m; $6m) a year. Results from the first study to assess costs to NHS hospitals of penetrating injury show that each case of stabbing that needs treatment in hospital for three or more days costs an average of £7196 (Injury 2008 Apr 15; doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2008.01.012).

    “Our findings indicate that the initial hospital costs associated with penetrating trauma are substantial, and vary to a considerable degree by patient, injury and treatment characteristics,” say the authors. “Public health initiatives that aim to reduce the incidence and severity of penetrating trauma are therefore likely to produce significant savings in acute trauma care costs.”

    The researchers found that penetrating trauma …

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