Author(s): Wright J, Kariya A
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Abstract Over 2 months in 1995, 235 assault patients attended the accident and emergency department of the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley (2.4\% of total new attendances). 80\% were male and their mean age was 28 years (range 6-64); men were the assailants in over 90\% of attacks. Alcohol had been consumed by 69\% of the victims and 9\% admitted to taking illicit drugs. The commonest place of assault was the street (44\%) but women were more likely to be assaulted in their homes. Penetrating weapons were used in 23\% of assaults. 60\% of all injuries were to the head and neck. 27\% of the victims were admitted to hospital. Paisley has an assault rate similar to that of other UK centres but the use of penetrating weapons is much higher than elsewhere.
This article was published in J R Soc Med
and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access