Accession Number:

ADA523368

Title:

U.S. Army Annual Injury Epidemiology Report 2008

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 2008

Corporate Author:

ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Report Date:

2009-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

Injuries are a leading cause of death, disability, and medical encounters among Active Duty U.S. Army personnel. Medical surveillance data provide a useful tool for defining the magnitude of the Army injury problem, injury rates and trends, and causes of injuries. This report summarizes injuries among Active Duty, nondeployed U.S. Army Soldiers in 2008 using available medical surveillance data. In 2008, over 900,000 medical encounters were due to injury. Among Army Soldiers, the 2008 injury visit rate was 2,341 injury visits1,000 Soldiers, or 2.3 visitsSoldier. Injury visit rates increased 28.6 percent from 2005 to 2008, while trainee rates from 2003 to 2008 declined by 37.8 percent. Injuries accounted for 16.9 percent of all hospitalizations and 28.1 percent of all outpatient visits. Leading causes of hospitalizations were falls or near-falls 18.4 percent, land transport accidents 18.4 percent, and athleticssports 9.3 percent. Leading types of acute injuries were sprainsstrains, contusionssuperficial wounds, and fractures. Leading chronic injury conditions were inflammation and pain associated with overuse and joint derangements. These results provide important indicators of potential injury prevention targets and research priorities. Summaries of Injury Prevention Program analyses, field investigations, and evaluations completed in 2008 are also presented.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE