Hospital admissions for dog attacks hit record highs in England

New NHS data for England come days after baby boy Daniel John Twigg dies in a dog attack in Rochdale


<p>Hospital admissions for dog attacks hit record highs between March 2021 and April 2022, new NHS figures released exclusively by NationalWorld show (Photos: Adobe / Getty Images)</p>
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<p>Hospital admissions for dog attacks hit record highs between March 2021 and April 2022, new NHS figures presented exclusively by NationalWorld (Photos: Adobe / Getty Images)</p>
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Hospitals in the UK have, on average, had to deal with four cases of dog bites in children a day over the past year, according to NHS data.

According to NationalWorld, 1,516 cases of children under the age of 15 were hospitalized between April 2021 and March 2022 due to dog-related injuries.

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This period was also the second worst year since registrations began in 2007-08 for hospitalizations of all ages, where the cause of the injury was “bitten or hit by a dog”.

The news follows a boom in dog ownership during the pandemic, with the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association estimating that there are now 12 million dogs in the UK, up from 3.1 million in 2019.

Daniel John Twigg was taken to hospital after an ambulance was called to a property in Milnrow, Rochdale (PA).

What exactly does the data on cases of dog attacks in hospitals show – and what do they propose to do about it?

What do NHS data on dog attacks in the UK show?

NationalWorld has been viewing NHS Digital data since April 2007 for cases of people being ‘bitten or hit’ by a dog in the UK.

The illustrations show what are called “Completed Consultant Episodes” (FCE).

An FCE counts as a case where a patient is treated by a single consultant in a specific care environment.

For example, a single patient can be counted twice if they need to be transferred to another doctor or hospital.

In most cases, however, an FCE is equivalent to hospitalization.

These NHS data show that between April 2021 and March 2022, the number of children under the age of 15 who needed hospital treatment for dog-related injuries increased by 7.5% compared to the previous year.

A total of 1,516 children were registered as demanding hospital treatment compared to 2020-2021 in the same period between 2020 and 2021.

This figure includes 614 children aged four and under (an annual increase of 8.7%), 524 children aged five to nine (a decrease of 2.8%) and 378 children aged 10 to 14 years (an increase of 23.5%).

The numbers mean that four children a day on average need treatment for dog-related injuries.

2019/20 was the worst year for attacks in under 14 years, with 1,570 registered cases.

This year was also the worst year for injuries from dog attacks across all age groups, with 8,933 children and adults requiring medical attention, compared to 8,655 in 2021.

“Significant increase” in admissions of over 60s due to dog bites

In addition to an increase in hospital admissions for dog attacks involving children, admissions in several adult age groups have also hit record highs.

In England, an average of 20 adults a day are treated for injuries sustained as a result of an incident involving a dog.

It was a record year for admissions aged 35 to 39 years (497 cases – an increase of 15.6% compared to the previous year), 40 to 44 (547 cases – an increase of 17.4%) and 55 in a age of 59 (704 FCE – an increase). of 15.2 per cent.

However, the largest annual increase is in people aged 75-79, with a record 385 elderly people in need of medical care, an increase of 68.1% from 2020/21.

Although the numbers were not the worst ever, there were also worrying increases among the 70-74-year-olds (up 45.4%) and the 80-year-olds and above (up 41.4%). Dog attacks on hospital admissions hit record highs in England

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