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Hospital admissions as lockdown pursuits lead to accidents and injuries

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Thousands of people have required hospital treatment after sustaining injuries while participating in popular lockdown activities, the figures suggest.



View of an entrance to an accident and emergency department at a Kent hospital.


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View of an entrance to an accident and emergency department at a Kent hospital.

As the nation faced repeated lockdowns and restrictions, people put extra effort into DIY, bought new pets, and spent more time playing in parks and gardens.

But hospital admissions figures for England show that not all of this activity kept people happy and thousands had to be hospitalized, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

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Data, from NHS Digital for 2020/21, shows more than 5,600 people had to be hospitalized after coming into contact with a power hand tool and more than 2,700 were admitted after an accident with a non-hand tool. electric such as a hammer or saw.

And 349 people were admitted after injuring themselves with a lawn mower.

More than 5,300 people were admitted after falling from playground equipment.

While the average age of these patients was only nine and a half, some parents and grandparents tried their hand at rock climbing as dozens of people over the age of 30 were admitted after falling from the rock. ‘a playground equipment, including eight people over 90 years old.

And 962 people had to be admitted after being injured while climbing trees.

A significant number of people also bought new pets as they suddenly found themselves spending more time at home.

But for some, it may not have bought the joy they expected, as 7,386 were admitted to English hospitals after being bitten or hit by a dog.

Rat bites contributed to 47 hospitalizations and 60 people were admitted after coming into contact with a poisonous spider.

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Four people had to be admitted after coming into contact with a scorpion.

Meanwhile, a 90-year-old woman was admitted to hospital after being bitten or hit by a crocodile or alligator.

Some have turned to improving their culinary know-how.

But admission data shows 2,243 had to be admitted after coming into contact with hot drinks, food, fats and cooking oils.

Many expressed gratitude for the sunny weather during the first lockdown, but 153 people were admitted to hospital with sunburn.

Meanwhile, “overwork and heavy or repetitive movement” contributed to 12,355 hospital admissions.

The numbers only represent people admitted to hospital in 2020/21 and many other accidents have reportedly been treated by A&E doctors and GPs and people sent home to treat their injuries.

Many crashes and injuries were down from the previous year as others spent more time indoors and less time doing their usual activities.

Although hospital admissions for one type of injury have increased dramatically.

The number of people who needed help after being struck by lightning increased from three cases in 2019/20 to 18 in 2020/21 – which some say provides more evidence that 2020 was a year not like the others.

A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) told the PA news agency: β€œThe release of hospital admissions numbers always serves as a reminder of the extent of accident types. that can result in an injury so severe that hospital admission is required.

β€œAmong the unknown database entries are disturbing trends that serve to highlight the accident challenges we face.

β€œAccidents are preventable.

β€œAmid the Christmas excitement, especially for those who couldn’t be with loved ones last year, we urge people to think about safety so that the celebrations are not interrupted by an accident that could have been prevented.

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