Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Playground Equipment Falls-Related Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) between 2011 and 2015, there were approximately 400 emergency visits per year among Simcoe Muskoka children (0 to 14 years) injuring themselves falling from playground equipment; however, this only accounted for about 3% of all injury-related emergency visits for this age group during this time period. Children (0-14 years) account for more than 90% of all playground equipment emergency department visits.

The rate for playground equipment falls-related emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for children (0 to 14 years) in 2015 was 56.9 (54.3, 59.5) visits per 10,000, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 48.6 (48.1, 49.1) visits per 10,000 children (0-14 years).

Playground equipment falls-related emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario increased significantly over the 13-year period from 2003 to 2015. The Simcoe Muskoka playground equipment falls-related emergency visit rates were higher than the provincial rate for this entire period of time.

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The rate for playground equipment falls-related emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among male children in 2015 was 50.1 (46.7, 53.5) visits per 10,000, which was significantly lower than the female rate of 64.1 (60.2, 68.1) visits per 10,000. The 2015 playground equipment falls-related emergency visit rates for all Ontario children (0 to 14 years) was significantly lower than the comparable Simcoe Muskoka rates for both males and females. Playground equipment falls-related emergency visit rates increased significantly for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka over the 13-year time period from 2003 to 2015. 

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The rate for playground equipment falls-related emergency visits among children (0-14 years) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest for those living in the middle income quintile.

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Hospitalizations

Only 1 in 20 emergency visits due to a fall from playground equipment led to a subsequent hospital admission in Simcoe Muskoka over the five-year period from 2011 to 2015. There were approximately 20 hospitalizations per year among Simcoe Muskoka children (0-14 years) from playground equipment falls for a rate of 2.7 (2.5, 3.0) hospital admissions per 10,000 children, which was similar to the provincial rate of 3.0 (2.9, 3.1) hospital admissions per 10,000 children. Simcoe Muskoka male and female children had similar hospitalization rates for playground equipment falls for the time period from 2011 to 2015; however, both the male and female rates were significantly higher than the previous time period from 2007 to 2010.

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There were no deaths recorded in the vital statistics data among Simcoe Muskoka children (0-14 years) due to falls from playground equipment for the years from 2000 to 2012.