A couple of people have suggested I have a look at the ICD-10-AM codes, as this is how a lot of stats are actually recorded.
The trouble was getting hold of a copy of ICD-10-AM to look at in order to determine what is of interest. It’s a very heavily guarded secret apparently. They’re derived from the ICD-10 standard codes.
As it turns out, there’s a site that provides the ICD-10-CM codes .
The codes appear to be similar for things like head injury, so perhaps this will be “close enough”? For privacy reasons, I might not get deep enough for the differences to be significant, but this is a starting point and will at least get us most of the way there.
The ones that appear to be of interest seem to be the following:
|S12||Neck Fractures (vertebrae)||Too-heavy protective gear may be a factor in whiplash injury, need to ensure we don’t make other problems worse.|
|S14||Nerve injuries in Neck||Again, related to whiplash and other neck-related injuries.|
|S16||Tendons/muscles in neck||Once again, whiplash and similar conditions|
|S02||Skull fractures||This is the area helmets are supposed to protect!|
|S06||Brain injuries||Again, what helmets are supposed to protect!|
I haven’t gone to the deeper levels for two reasons:
- There may be privacy issues going too much deeper
- The stuff I’ll be looking at will be according to the ICD-10-AM system, which may have slightly different designators at the lower levels.