EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WORKERS

Injury Data

To collect data on nonfatal injuries among EMS workers, NIOSH uses the occupational supplement to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS-Work)—a national probability-based sample of U.S. hospital emergency departments. Prior to 2015, both injuries and illnesses were captured in NEISS-Work, although illnesses were estimated to represent less than 10% of all cases.

  • EMS worker injuries treated in the participating hospitals are identified from admissions information and emergency department chart review by a records abstractor in each hospital.
  • A workers’ compensation claim is not required for inclusion.
  • National injury estimates are calculated by summing the statistical weights assigned to each case treated in one of the NEISS-Work hospitals.

Use the following tabs to view that year’s EMS worker injury data:

Page last reviewed: October 2, 2020