All Wales Injury Surveillance System (AWISS) uses SAIL Databank to gauge impact of COVID-19 in Wales

Research Teams from Population Data Science and public Health Wales present the AWISS injury indicators for the period 2010-2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on people’s lives. Every year in Wales there are, on average, 1,130 injury fatalities, 38,355 injury admissions, and 350,769 injury-related Emergency Department (ED) visits (2010-2020). However, in 2020, there were 596 injury fatalities, 30,442 injury admissions, and 227,077 injury-related ED visits.

Below are graphs representing monthly injury-related ED attendances and hospital admissions for 2019 and 2020. As these show, numbers for 2020 were significantly reduced compared with 2019, especially for April and December.

Monthly injury-related ED attendances, 2019-2020 Monthly injury-related hospital admissions, 2019-2020 The updated figures for 2020’s injury indicators must therefore be interpreted with caution, as they may not represent a true reduction in injuries, rather a change in the way that people have engaged with health services during this last year and also in how health services have recorded their data. The following report presents a summary of the key findings. It is designed to convey the scale of the injury problem in Wales since 2010 and to support groups in targeting and evaluating injury prevention strategies and activities.