Occupational injury surveillance using the Washington State Trauma Registry.
Sears-JM; Bowman-SM; Adams-D; Silverstein-BA
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Nov; 53(11):1243-1250
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among US workers, yet state trauma registries are rarely used for occupational research. Many, including the Washington State Trauma Registry, include information about work-relatedness. The objective is to explore and document the Washington State Trauma Registry as a resource for occupational injury surveillance and research. METHODS: State-designated trauma facilities report traumatic injuries meeting specific inclusion criteria to the Washington State Trauma Registry. This study included 16+ year-olds injured in Washington during 1998 to 2008. RESULTS: Of 125,625 injuries, 7.3% were work related. We found no evidence of downward trends in traumatic occupational injuries (2003 to 2008). CONCLUSIONS: Capturing industry and occupation would enhance utility for occupational injury surveillance and research. Trauma registry data could contribute to prevention planning/evaluation, improve case ascertainment for severe occupational injuries, and aid identification of high-risk populations and emerging trends.
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Adolescents; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Workers; Risk-factors; Hazards
Jeanne M. Sears, PhD, MS, RN, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Washington, Seattle