Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits
(Module Revised December 2012)
This module creates statistics on emergency department visits to Wisconsin and Minnesota
hospitals for the treatment of relatively minor injuries. The Minnesota hospitalsí reports were included in December 2012 and significantly
change the counts for some Wisconsin counties shown in previous versions of this module.
The module includes only emergency department visits that resulted in the
patient being released. It does not include emergency department visits that
resulted in the patient being admitted as an inpatient in this or another
acute-care hospital or another type of institution (see Injury
Hospitalizations Module) or dying in the emergency department (see Injury
This module includes visits regardless of patient residence;
thus your data selections can include both residents and non-residents of
The data include residents of Wisconsin and other states who were treated in Wisconsin, and residents of Wisconsin who were treated in Minnesota.
Note that the geographic choices you can make are based on residence of the patient, not the place where the injury occurred. A number of
counties have 5% or more of their injury-related ED visits in Minnesota hospitals, so counts and rates for those counties substantially changed with
the December 2012 module update.
Step 1. Select a Measure of Emergency Department Visits
* To use the Ranked Causes measures, you need to select the measure
here AND choose "Causes of Injury" as a row variable in Step
7 below. Causes are sorted (ranked) in order of frequency.
Step 2. Select One or More Causes of Injury (Optional)
Choose one or more of these standard groupings
for the causes of injury(PDF, 66 KB). To see statistics for each of several
groups, be sure to also choose "Causes of Injury" as a ROW or COLUMN variable in step 7 or 8 below.
Specify your own cause-of-injury groupings by entering a 3-digit E-code without the "E." You may enter single numbers (e.g.,
885) or a range (e.g., 886-888). (See 3-digit codes) To see
statistics for each of several groups, be sure to also choose "User-Specified Causes of Injury: Groups" as a ROW or COLUMN
variable in step 7 or 8 below.
Specify detailed causes of injury by entering a 4-digit E-code without the "E." You may enter single numbers (e.g.,
8851) or a range (e.g., 8851-8859). (See
4-digit codes) To see statistics for each of several groups, be sure to also choose "User-Specified Causes of
Injury: Detailed" as a ROW or COLUMN variable in step 7 or 8 below.
Step 3. Select One or More Manner or Intent of Injury (Optional)
Note: To see statistics for specific manners or intents of injury, choose
"Manner or Intent of Injury" as a ROW or COLUMN variable in step 7 or 8 below.
Step 4. Choose One or More Geographic Areas
Select one or more areas of Wisconsin based on patient residence. Go to Step 5 if you want
statistics for patients from all areas (including out of state).
All Areas: Include patients from all areas. (This is the default option.) Region: Click on the "Region" button. Then
select the region name, or hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and select multiple regions. County: Click on the "County" button. Then select the county name, or hold down the Control
(Ctrl) key and select multiple counties. Regional Trauma Advisory Council: Click on the "Regional Trauma Advisory
Council" button. Then select the name, or hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and select multiple names.
Note: To see results for individual areas, be sure to also choose "Geographic Area" as a ROW variable or COLUMN variable
in Step 7 or 8 below.
Step 5. Choose Year(s) and Month(s)
Choose One or More Years
The data are organized by the year in which the patient was discharged. You can choose to see data for the latest available year
(2011). Or you can choose to see one or more single years, or one or more groups of years.
Note: If you are requesting data for a small population, it is often useful to combine years of data. WISH suppresses small numbers
(when cell size is less than 5) to comply with Wisconsin health care data privacy guidelines.
One or more year(s): Click on a year, or hold down the Control
(Ctrl) key and select multiple years.
Note: To see results for a series of years (or a series of year groups), be sure
to also choose "Year(s)" as a ROW variable or COLUMN variable in step
7 or 8 below.
Choose Month (Optional)
Go to Step 6 to include all visits for the year. Otherwise, select one
or more months of the year. To see statistics for each of several
months, select them here, then select "Month" as a ROW or
COLUMN variable in Step 7 or 8 below.
Step 6. Choose Age, Sex and Payer Groups (Optional)
Go to Step 8 to include all ages, both sexes and all payers.
Otherwise, choose one or more from the options below. You may
make selections from one, two or all three categories.
Step 7. CHOOSE A ROW VARIABLE
Step 8. CHOOSE A COLUMN VARIABLE (Optional)
Note: Cannot be used with a "Ranked Causes" query.
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