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Public Health Data Inventory

Hospital Discharge Injury Data (E-Code)


Background

Hospital discharge data (HDD) are generated from uniform hospital billing forms which contain records of patient discharge information, excluding names. Nebraska acute care hospitals provide this information to the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA). The records for each patient discharge contains information on the date of admission, date of discharge, patient’s age and gender, county of residence, and primary and secondary diagnosis codes, including dedicated fields for recording E-codes. An E-code specifies the external cause of injury. The E-code data, a subset of HDD containing injury-related records, is provided annually to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services by the NHA.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

Uniform billing form data originates from acute care hospital medical records. For discharges from acute care hospitals in Nebraska, records must include the external cause of injury code (E-code) and injury diagnostic code. The data have been collected annually since 1998.

Related Links and Reports

Injury Prevention and Control Program Injury Facts & Reports

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Public Health Support Unit
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-1063