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Admission to hospital for effects of heat and light: NSW, 1993–94 to 2003–04 Volume 19 Issue 7-8

Paul J. Beggs, Pavla Vaneckova

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 19(8) 132–137 Published online: 20 October 2008

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Paul J. Beggs

Pavla Vaneckova


The study examined the hospital admission rates and characteristics of patients experiencing severe heat-related morbidity in NSW using data from the NSW Health Inpatient Statistics Collection. The study covered the 11-year period from July 1993 to June 2004. ICD-10-AM. codes examined included T67 (effects of heat and light). There was an average of 91 admissions for each year due to a principal diagnosis of the effects of heat and light, with consistently more males than females admitted (1.7 : 1). Many of the admissions (39%) were of people 65 years of age or older. Most admissions (49%) occurred in the summer months of December and January.