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Study Reveals Increase in Injury Reports at University Hospital

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

The San Antonio Express News is reporting that a study shows the number of injuries from falls, machinery, and car crashes has increased among adults in the San Antonio area.

What the study revealed about University Hospital

The study is University Health System’s third annual Community Trauma Report, and it analyzed the causes of injuries using data from 4,637 patients that were treated at the Level 1 trauma center at the hospital and compared them with injuries from previous years.

From 2010-2014, the number of children and adults seen at University Hospital in San Antonio for serious injuries rose 38 percent, according to a report released today. One of the most likely causes of the increase in injuries is due to the growing population in the region as well as the increase in treatment of patients that are outside Bexar County according to the Express-News.

The study showed that, due to the oil boom from the Eagle Ford Shale, the hospital saw a significant increases in falls and injuries from machinery to adults.

More than 25 percent of trauma patients to University Hospital in 2014 were children. The rate of children that were injured in car crashes has decreased 3 percent over the last five years – likely to increase education and initiative to promote car seat use. Injuries from crashes were still the leading cause of death in children ages 5-14 in Bexar County.

Leading Causes of Injury in San Antonio

The study further reveals that:

  • Car crashes were the leading cause of injury for people ages 5-44.
  • The rate of car accident-related injuries rose 13 percent over a five year period.
  • Nationally and regionally, falls are one of the leading causes of death from injury – the rate of falls treated at the hospital rose 37 percent over a five year period.
  • The number of people that were injured by machinery more than doubled from 2010-2014 – also probably caused by economic boom at the Eagle Ford Shale.
  • Burns were the leading cause of injury for children 1-4. 


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