Work-Related Burn Injuries Hospitalized in US Burn Centers: 2002 to 2011

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To develop a comprehensive definition to identify work-related burns in the National Burn Repository (NBR) based on multiple fields and describes injuries by occupation.


The NBR, which is an inpatient dataset, was used to compare type and severity of burn injuries by occupation.


Using the definition developed for this analysis, 22,969 burn injuries were identified as work-related. In contrast, the single work-related field intended to capture occupational injuries only captured 4696 cases. The highest numbers of burns were observed in construction/extraction, food preparation, and durable goods production occupations. Occupations with a mean total body surface area (TBSA) burned greater than 10% include transportation and material-moving, architecture and engineering, and arts/design/entertainment/sports/media occupations.


The NBR dataset should be further utilized for occupational burn injury investigations and multiple fields should be considered for case ascertainment.

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