Intended for healthcare professionals

Table of everyday risks


  Familiar risks

This table has been compiled by the theme issue editorial team from the sources listed below

    Some familiar risksThe chance they will happen
    Getting three balls in the UK national lottery1 in 11
    Dying on the road over 50 years of driving1 in 85
    Transmission of measles1 in 100
    Dying of any cause in the next year1 in 100
    Annual risk of death from smoking 10 cigarettes per day 1 in 200
    Getting four balls in the UK national lottery1 in 206
    Needing emergency treatment in the next year after being injured by a can, bottle, or jar 1 in 1,00
    Needing emergency treatment in the next year after being injured by a bed mattress or pillow 1 in 2000
    Death by an accident at home1 in 7100
    Getting five balls in the UK national lottery1 in 11 098
    Death by an accident at work1 in 40 000
    Death playing soccer1 in 50 000
    Death by murder1 in 100 000
    Being hit in your home by a crashing aeroplane1 in 250 000
    Death by rail accident1 in 500 000
    Drowning in the bath in the next year1 in 685 000
    Getting six balls in the UK national lottery1 in 2 796 763
    Being struck by lightning1 in 10 000 000
    Death from new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease1 in 10 000 000
    Death from a nuclear power accident1 in 10 000 000

    Most risks given are approximate

    Sources:

    Calman K, Royston G. Risk language and dialects. BMJ 1997;315:939-42.

    Adams A, Smith A. Risk perception and communication: recent developments and implications for anaesthesia. Anaesthesia 2001;56:745-55.

    Best Treatments. www.besttreatments.org