Causes and Consequences of Accidental Injuries to Naval Enlisted Personnel.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This epidemiological study provided a broad analysis of the consequences of serious accidental injuries in terms of frequency and duration of hospitalizations, deaths, and physical evaluation board dispositions resulting in loss to the service. Those consequences were related to causes of injury, types of injury and duty status when the injury occurred. The study analyzed the medical records of Navy male enlisted men during the period 1974-1978. Results indicated that the majority of accidents resulting in hospitalizations, disability separations and deaths occurred from off duty accidents. Land transport and fractures were the leading causes and types of injury, respectively. The same four causes, land transport, falls, athletics, and machinery accounted for 61 of all hospitalizations and 94 of all disability separations, but the leading causes of death were dissimilar from those resulting in hospitalizations and disability separations. On duty air and water transport and machinery accounted for more than 50 of total hospitalizations for those causes. The results were discussed in terms of guidelines for accident prevention programs and management supervision and control. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research