Work-Related Knee Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States
Published Date:Sep 2013
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 55(9):1091-1099.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4553424
Funding:5P20MD000516/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
FSK7/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
P20 MD000516/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
T03OH009406-04/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
To characterize work-related knee injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs).
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 (NEISS-Work).
In 2007, 184,300 (± 54,000, 95% confidence interval) occupational knee injuries were treated in U.S. 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.
Knee injury prevention should emphasize reducing falls and bodily reaction/overexertion events, particularly among all youth and older women.
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