Not friend of a friend stuff or an email going around, this wacky list is complied by the government. This article also introduced me to a fabulous new word, malcoordination.
NHS admissions: bizarre mishaps that put patients in hospital
February 26, 2009Â |Â www.timesonline.co.ukÂ |Â Sam Lister
From leaf cuts, hammer blows and hornet stings to cigarettes in bed and pensioners on rollerskates â€” the latest admission statistics reveal the full gamut of mishaps, malcoordination and moments of idiocy that put Britons in hospital last year.
The figures, from the NHS Information Centre, point to a nation beset by clumsiness, but also show the subtle social trends and popular obsessions that resulted in a trip to hospital in England in the year to April 2008.
Insects and other creepy crawlies took their toll, whether venomous or not. A total of 2,614 people were admitted to hospital after a bite or sting from a non-venomous insect, more than triple the number of a decade ago. Large rises were reported among people over 60 â€” perhaps attributable in part to the growth of foreign travel as well as to recent warm summers.