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Hospitalized occupational finger amputations, New Jersey, 1985 and 1986.

Authors
Sorock-GS; Smith-E; Hall-N
Source
Am J Ind Med 1993 Mar; 23(3):439-447
NIOSHTIC No.
00213597
Abstract
This report was based on data taken from an evaluation of the usefulness of hospital discharge data for analyzing nonfatal injuries occurring on the job. Potential risk factors for work related finger amputations requiring hospitalization in New Jersey were examined. The data for the study were taken from 2 years of statewide hospital discharge data from each of 105 acute care hospitals and the second data source was telephone interviews with the subset of 134 persons, identified from the discharge data set, who had a finger or thumb amputation. The male rate for finger amputation was 7.7 times greater than the female rate and was highest at the youngest age group of 16 to 24 years. Blacks and Hispanics had significantly elevated age adjusted rates of finger amputations at work compared to whites, regardless of gender. When asked what steps had been taken at their worksite to prevent future similar accidents, 60% of those interviewed indicated that no actions were taken, 12 persons indicated that safety guards had been added, and 12 persons indicated that unsafe machines had been removed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Hand-injuries; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Sex-factors; Information-processing; Information-retrieval-systems; Racial-factors; Occupational-accidents
Contact
State Dept of Health NJ State Dept of Health Div of Occupation & Envir Hlth Trenton, NJ 08625
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19930301
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
37236
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-02579
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey State Dept of Health, Trenton, New Jersey
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