2 in 3 injury hospitalisations among children and adolescents had a procedure carried out (67%). On average, each patient had 2 procedures per hospitalisation. Hospitalisations for blood vessel injuries had the highest average number of procedures, with 5.6 per hospitalisation.

General anaesthesia administrations made up the top 2 most common procedures performed during injury hospitalisations. General anaesthesia codes are accompanied by an American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score to indicate the state of the patient, and conditions under which it is being administered. ASA 10 refers to a normal, healthy patient where the procedure is being performed as an emergency, while ASA 19 is a normal, healthy patient where the procedure is a nonemergency or not known. 

The most common procedure performed was General anaesthesia, ASA 10 (18,700 cases), followed by General anaesthesia, ASA 19 (13,400 cases).

For more information, see supplementary data tables A17.

  • Fractures

    were the most common injury type requiring anaesthesia (51%). Manipulating fractures to realign bones is commonly performed under anaesthesia. 

  • 2 in 3

    hospitalisations that had anaesthesia administered were for boys (66%).