Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 10, Number 3, May/June 2004
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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Injuries are consistently a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among U.S. service members.-5 Members of the U.S. military are at risk of acute traumatic injuries during training and operations e.g., parachuting, driving, flying, operating heavy equipment as well as off-duty e.g., participating in sports, driving, fighting. Fractures-breaks, ruptures, or cracks in bone or cartilage-are relatively common acute traumatic injuries. While most fractures are not life threatening or extremely costly in terms of medical resources, they generally cause physical disabilities and decrements of operational capabilities that last for weeks to months. This report summarizes the incidence rates, trends, and demographic correlates of fractures among members of the active components of the U.S. Armed Forces from 1998-2003.
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