Injury Hospitalizations Tool - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Injury Hospitalizations Tool


How to Use the Tool

Update: Includes data up to and including 2019/20. Please note that the selections for cause and intent have been revised for better surveillance and reporting.

By selecting specific parameters in the search selection, outputs in the form of tables and charts will be generated. When clicking on the “new query” button, your original selections will remain checked to avoid any duplication of steps. Please ensure that you clear any previous selections, if different from your new query. A summary of your selected parameters as well as the date and time of your search will appear before each outputted table and chart to allow you to cross reference your selections.

The export button will allow you to export your table to either Microsoft Excel, Word or text file. Furthermore, to copy, save or print charts, please right click on the image and choose the appropriate selection.

Summary table for leading causes of injury death in BC is available here.


Interpretation and meaning of the data charts and tables is the responsibility of the user. If you require assistance in interpreting the charts and tables, or if you have further questions, please contact BCIRPU at 604-875-3776. Definitions for causes of injury, crude and age-standardized rates can be viewed in the glossary (enter the data tool to view the glossary).

Please Note: the external causes of mortality and morbidity include adverse effects, misadventures, complications and post operative complications from medical and surgical care. Caution is advised when interpreting the results as the inclusion of these causes inflate the total number of injuries.

Data Sources

Hospitalization Data 

Hospitalization data was provided by the Ministry of Health Services, Discharge Abstract Database (DAD).

Hospitalization data is based on hospital separations (discharges) from each hospital, which are collected and stored in the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD). This hospitalization dataset includes all acute, rehab and day surgery cases. The regional variation for the hospitalized cases is based on the patients’ residential postal code. Please note that the data in the sports related injury hospitalizations tool is a subset of this dataset. Therefore all cases that are in the sports related injury hospitalization tool are included in the injury hospitalization tool.

Injury data in the DAD is extracted using the external cause of morbidity (ICD10-CA V01-Y98). Type of injury is captured using ICD10-CA S00-T98. Please refer to the glossary for a detailed list of the ICD 10 codes and their corresponding categories.

Population Data

The population data for the age adjusted rate is derived from the BC and Canadian 1991 population. Population data to calculate crude rates are based on Population Estimates Version 34 from BC Vital Statistics.

The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD 10) codes is used to specify underlying cause of hospitalization and deaths from 2001 onwards. A description for each cause can be found in the glossary tab of the tool (enter the data tool to view the glossary).


Morbidity Data:
Discharge Abstract Database, Ministry of Health. Retrieved from Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT), BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit.


  • Tables
  • Charts
  • GIS Mapping

Last update for Injury Hospitalization Data: December 2018.