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Coding manual for home and leisure accidents: Including product related accidents

Staten Institut for Folkesundhed - Center for Ulykkesforskntng. Coding manual for home and leisure accidents: Including product related accidents. European Community Commission; 2001.
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Abstract language: English
The new version of the coding manual of July 2000 is an update of the previous version (July 1996). The general guidelines of the July 1996 version (V96) have been maintained, since amendments have only been made for certain sets of codes and/or data formats.
The Community action programme on injury prevention in the framework for action in the field of public health was implemented in 1999 (Decision no. 372/99/EC) as the Injury Prevention Programme (IPP) 1999-2003. The IPP will for the duration of the programme continue the data collection on home and leisure accidents (HLA) according to the principles and guidelines laid down for the former EHLASS system. It should be recognised that the continuation of data collection on HLA after 2003 may change with regard to both the contents of the data and the reporting format. In future the data may be collected as minimum datasets on injuries (MDS) that require a format which can meet the demand for harmonisation of injury surveillance systems across all sectors involved in prevention of injuries. For the time being, the present coding manual 2000 (V2000) aims at preserving the quality of data on HLA which have been included in the HIEMS database (Health Indicator Exchange and Monitoring System). Data on LA in the HIEMS are aggregations of the raw data on HLA stored in the European Home and Leisure Injury Database (EHLID).
In conclusion, the present coding manual, V2000 concerns the coding of HLA. Compared to V96 the corrections are only minor and shown in italics. However, the corrections are important for the q uality of the data, cf. for example the format for date entries. In accordance with the functional specifications made for the raw data on HLA (Functional Specification IHLA, Version 1.2) the V2000 should be Y2K compliant. The dates have consequently been changed from 6 positions to 8 positions. Amendments to the code tables are included in conversion lists, which may be useful for analyses of data as time series as well as for updating the HIEMS database.
Updating the coding manual as V2000 has included the development of software, which enables the user to perform the coding of data and data entry according to the coding manual V2000. PSYTEL has developed reference software (using Microsoft ACCESS 97) to fulfil the following goals:
- Data entry software in English, which can be downloaded via Internet, and can be used by any actor collecting data in emergency departments for the EHLID system.
- Integrating functions that make it easier to look up code tables, coding of cases, and perform common control of data and their transfer in a standard format.
At present the software is available for download from
The philosophy of the surveillance system remains the same as for EHLASS Coding Manual 1986 (V86).
The operability has, however, been improved by placing emphasis on the following practical aspects:
n More detailed inclusion criteria
n Use of certain variables and modes has been specified
n Addition of modes to existing variables n Organisation of modes around a logical nomenclature
n Addition of variables such as date and time of injury, and codes for athletics and sports practised at the time of injury n A thorough revision of the product classification.
Previous revision work has in this way been improved by enhancing the system's efficiency in order to facilitate drawing of practical conclusions (legal, economical, preventive, informative) from collected information. The revised coding manual also facilitates increased flexibility in use of the system. The hierarchical codes (e.g. place of occurrence, sports, or products) make it feasible to add specifications at national level, which may be required for local purposes, while at the same time preserving comparability between countries at the aggregate level of the codes The coding manual V96 was based on the preliminary updated version of NOMESCO Classification of External Causes of Injuries (NCECI), 3rd revised edition. This Classification was published in 1997, and the present coding manual, V2000 has included the codes of the final version as corrections to V96. The NOMESCO Classification may be considered as a forerunner of an international classification, which is under development (International Classification of External Causes of Injuries (ICECI)). The NOMESCO Classification is therefore recommended as basis for the coding of home and leisure accidents until such time, when the proposed international classification may be adopted for use.
It is important to note that the modular and hierarchical structure of NCECI and ICECI may facilitate the design of the reporting format of MDSs (mentioned above). The MDS will typically refer to the aggregate level of codes for a given variable. By using V2000 it is possible to utilise experiences from the present coding of data in a future surveillance system.
The updated version was made possible through the collaboration of participants in the EHLASS system.
A special note of thanks should be given to the coding clerks and national project managers whose experience was invaluable in advancing the system. In order to continue
Table of contents
List of Contents
IntroductionInclusions, definitions, and criteria
Basic definitions
Definition of an accident
Definition of road traffic accidents
Definition of occupational accidents
Decision tree
Illustrative examples
Coding principles
Medical information codes
EHLASS coding form
Country code
Hospital numberCase or record number
Sex of patient
Date of birth
Date of injury
Time of injury
Date of attendanceTime of attendance
Date of discharge
Treatment a nd follow-up
Place of occurrence
Mechanism of injury
Activity at the time of the injury
Sports practised at the time of the injury
Type of injury
Part of the body injured
Product codes
Product involved in an accident
Product causing injury
Other product
Accident description
EHLASS record
Sex of patient
Treatment and follow-up
Place of occurrence
Codes and manual
Mechanism of injury
Codes and manual
Activity at the time of the injury
Codes for athletics, sports, and exercise
Type of injury
Part of body injured
Product codes (1- and 2 -digit level)
Product codes (5-digit level)
Institutional authors
  • Staten Institut for Folkesundhed - Center for Ulykkesforskntng.
Item type: Document
Aim: Science
Target users: Prevention expert
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CIS term
  • Yino - Home accidents (76)
  • Vux - Sports and recreation ( 9 )
  • Yp - Physical hazards ( 4 )

  • 47241D - Home accidents (78)
  • 40281B - Physical hazards (17)

ATECO term
  • 92 - Recreational, cultural and sporting activities ( 4 )
System id: ID230