Work-related knee injuries treated in US emergency departments.
Chen-Z; Chakrabarty-S; Levine-RS; Aliyu-MH; Ding-T; Jackson-LL
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Sep; 55(9):1091-1099
To characterize work-related knee injuries treated in US emergency departments (EDs). Methods: We characterized work-related knee injuries treated in EDs in 2007 and examined trends from 1998 to 2007 by using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-occupational supplement. Results: In 2007, 184,300 (+/-54,000; 95% confidence interval) occupational knee injuries were treated in US EDs, accounting for 5% of the 3.4 (+/-0.9) million ED-treated occupational injuries. The ED-treated knee injury rate was 13 (+/-4) injuries per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers. Younger workers and older female workers had high rates. Strains/sprains and contusions/abrasions were common-frequently resulting from falls and bodily reaction/overexertion events. Knee injury rates declined from 1998 through 2007. Conclusions: Knee injury prevention should emphasize reducing falls and bodily reaction/overexertion events, particularly among all youth and older women.
Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Knee-injuries; Knee-disorders; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Workers; Age-groups; Injuries; Risk-factors; Weight-factors
Larry L. Jackson, PhD, Division of Safety Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Rd, MS1808, Morgantown, WV 26505
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee