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) in 2018, there were nearly 500 emergency visits per year among Simcoe Muskoka children (0 to 14 years) injuring themselves falling from playground equipment; however, this only accounted for less than 4% 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.

Type of playground equipment coded for these emergency department visits include: teeter totter, slide, swing, monkey bars and trampoline. For the years 2014 to 2018 (combined), among Simcoe Muskoka children 14 years of age or younger, the most common type of equipment being used while injured was a trampoline (accounting for more than one-third of all visits), followed by monkey bars (accounting for another one-quarter of visits).

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The rate for playground equipment falls-related emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for children (0 to 14 years) in 2018 was 52.6 (48.0, 57.5) visits per 10,000, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 46.8 (45.9, 47.7) 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 16-year period from 2003 to 2018. 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 2018 was 52.6 (46.2, 59.7) visits per 10,000, which the same as the female rate of 52.5 (46.0, 59.7) visits per 10,000. Playground equipment falls-related emergency visit rates increased significantly for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka over the 16-year time period from 2003 to 2018.

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For the time period from 2014 to 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, the rate for playground equipment falls-related emergency visits among children (0-14 years) did not differ by neighbourhood material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index).

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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 2014 to 2018. There were approximately 20 hospitalizations per year among Simcoe Muskoka children (0-14 years) from playground equipment falls for a rate of 2.6 ( 2.1, 3.1) hospital admissions per 10,000 children, which was similar to the provincial rate of 3.3 (3.2, 3.4) hospital admissions per 10,000 children. The Simcoe Muskoka male and female children hospitalization rates for playground equipment falls were not significantly different from each other over this period of time.

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 2015.