Accession Number:

ADA536728

Title:

U.S. Army Deployment Injury Surveillance Summary Calendar Year 2008. 1 January 2008 - 31 December 2008

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 2008

Corporate Author:

ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Report Date:

2009-09-15

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Army Public Health Command Provisional maintains an injury surveillance system for deployed Soldiers. U.S. Transportation Commands Regulating and Command Control Evacuation System TRAC2ES data for Soldiers medically air evacuated from U.S. Central Command while deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF March 2003-December 2008 and Operation Enduring Freedom OEF October 2001-December 2008 was coded for cause of injury. Additional sources of injury data were the Standard Inpatient Data Records and Defense Casualty Information Processing System data. Descriptive statistics were used to show nonbattle injury NBI rates over time, the frequencies of NBIs and fatalities, all injuries compared to disease diagnosis groups, and causes of NBIs. Injury matrices were used to describe the frequency of NBIs by body region and nature of injury. For OIF, NBI rates decreased over time from a high in 2003. The OEF NBI rates have fluctuated over time. For OIF and OEF combined, injuries air-evacuated out-of-CENTCOM battle and nonbattle combined comprised 50 of all battlenonbattledisease incidents. Leading causes of NBIs were sportsphysical training, fallsjumps, toxic substances, land transport accidents, and crushblunt trauma. Recommendations are to continue surveillance of deployment injuries and identify modifiable risk factors that contribute to the leading causes of injury to inform injury prevention practice and policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE