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Communicable diseases and immunization 2019

18 MAY 2020

New data for 2019 has been added to Health Statistics and Health Research Database from our collaboration partner Health Board – selected registered communicable diseases and immunization.



Emergency medical care in hospitals 2019

13 MAY 2020

In 2019, 19 hospitals provided emergency medical care. In 2019, 518,840 persons turned to Emergency Department (ED), i.e. an average of 1,422 persons a day. The total number of patients who visited the ED remained at the same level in 2019 compared to 2018. The number of emergency patients had increased in regional hospitals by 1.4% and decreased in central, general and local hospitals – 1.7% and 1% respectively. Most patients of emergency care were sent home after first aid (81%) and one fifth of patients remained in hospital (see figure).


As in the previous years, patients turned to ED mostly themselves (73.6% of patients). 19.2% of patients were brought to emergency care by ambulance car, 5.2% were referred from other medical institutions. The rest, about 2% of patients, were brought by the police, called back by ED if, for example, the patient's health condition had worsened, or a recurring procedure was needed, or hospital's own healthcare staff needed emergency care.

In 2019 the number of emergency patients who brought by an ambulance had increased by 1.6% compared to 2018. The number of patients who brought by an ambulance had increased in regional and central hospitals by 3.9% and 1.8% respectively and decreased in general and local hospitals by 2%.

The data about emergency medical care of 2019 is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.



The number of blood donors decreased, but blood donations were at the same level

14 APRIL 2020

In 2019, a total of 30,533 people donated blood in Estonia, which is almost 800 or 2.5% less than in the previous year. At the same time, the number of blood donations remained at the same level, according to statistics published today by the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD).

The number of blood donors decreased for the sixth year in a row, but in the last two years the decrease has been smaller compared to the previous average decrease of 4% in 2014–2017.

The number of young donors up to the age of 24 decreased the most last year – it was 19% lower compared to 2018. At the same time, the number of donors over the age of 45 increased by 13%. The number of donors aged 25–44 remained in the same range.

A total of 53,445 blood donations was given last year (53,873 in 2018), so one donor donated blood 1.8 times a year on average (the one blood unit is 450 ml). This indicator has slightly increased compared to the previous years, when it was 1.6–1.7, i.e. frequent donors are actively involved in blood donation.

blood donation Estonia 2019



Statistics of medicines and pharmacies 2019

12 MAY 2020

Statistics on consumption of medicines, prescriptions in general pharmacies (table RT01), pharmacies (table TTO50), pharmacies’ personnel (table THT030) and turnover of general and hospital pharmacies (tables TK30, TK31) for 2019 compiled by the State Agency of Medicines have published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.



Traffic accidents, drownings, fires and fatalities due to fires 2019

19 MARCH 2020

The 2019 Estonian Road Administration's traffic accidents statistics by municipalities is added to database. The Rescue Board data on deaths due fires and drownings by counties and causes of building fires by municipalities are also available. The total number of accidents in 2019 has decreased compared to 2018.

The data can be viewed here.