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Parachuting for charity: is it worth the money? A 5-year audit of parachute injuries in Tayside and the cost to the NHS

      Abstract

      All parachute injuries from two local parachute centres over a 5-year period were analysed.
      Of 174 patients with injuries of varying severity, 94% were first-time charity-parachutists. The injury rate in charity-parachutists was 11% at an average cost of £3751 per casualty. Sixty-three percent of casualties who were charity-parachutists required hospital admission, representing a serious injury rate of 7%, at an average cost of £5781 per patient. The amount raised per person for charity was £30. Each pound raised for charity cost the NHS £13.75 in return.
      Parachuting for charity costs more money than it raises, carries a high risk of serious personal injury and places a significant burden on health resources.
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