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Work-related burn surveillance in Colorado: 1989 - 1997.

NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :59
Funding Background: The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) conducted surveillance for persons requiring inpatient hospital care for occupational burns from 1989 through 1997 under funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk (SENSOR) program. The success of this program led to expanded surveillance through which data on both occupational and non-occupational hospitalized burn cases were collected. Funding for the non-occupational portion of the surveillance was part of a National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Injury Capacity Building interagency agreement that began in 1989 and ended in 1994, and through the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Burn Rehabilitation Model Systems Program from 1995 through 1996. Burn Surveillance Background: In May 1990, the Colorado Board of Health adopted regulations that required that all hospitalized burns and all burns resulting in death prior to hospitalization be reported to CDH within 30 days. Hospitals throughout the state were provided with a two-page report form to be forwarded to CDH (passive surveillance). Active surveillance consisted of monthly telephone calls or visits to seven hospitals in the state. NIOSH and the two states conducting burn surveillance under SENSOR at the time (CDH and the Oregon Health Division) agreed upon a surveillance case definition for occupational hospitalized burns. Between February 1989 and June 1997, 548 occupational hospitalized burns were reported to CDH, of which 501 met the case definition. Current Status: Injury data including burn data, are still available at CDH. In 1996, the Colorado legislature mandated the formation of a Trauma Registry as a result of pressure from physicians from the state’s Trauma Institute. Limited State funds were allocated to be used to evaluate care of the trauma patient in Colorado. CDH continues to seek adequate stable funding for the Registry.
Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Burns; Surveillance-programs
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000