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Occupational injury surveillance using the Washington State Trauma Registry.

Authors
Sears-JM; Bowman-SM; Adams-D; Silverstein-BA
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Nov; 53(11):1243-1250
NIOSHTIC No.
20040601
Abstract
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.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Adolescents; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Workers; Risk-factors; Hazards
Contact
Jeanne M. Sears, PhD, MS, RN, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20111101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jeannes@u.washington.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-009883
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WA
Performing Organization
University of Washington, Seattle
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