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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 430832, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/430832
Research Article

Workplace-Related Traumatic Injuries: Insights from a Rapidly Developing Middle Eastern Country

1Trauma Surgery Section, Hamad General Hospital, P.O. Box 3050, Doha, Qatar
2Clinical Research, Trauma Surgery Section, Hamad General Hospital, P.O. Box 3050, Doha, Qatar
3Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, P.O. Box 24144, Doha, Qatar
4Department of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, P.O. Box 24144, Doha, Qatar
5Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 245005, Tucson, AZ, USA

Received 17 November 2013; Revised 30 December 2013; Accepted 20 January 2014; Published 5 March 2014

Academic Editor: David Strogatz

Copyright © 2014 Hassan Al-Thani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Traumatic workplace-related injuries (WRIs) carry a substantial negative impact on the public health worldwide. We aimed to study the incidence and outcomes of WRIs in Qatar. We conducted occupational injury surveillance for all WRI patients between 2010 and 2012. A total of 5152 patients were admitted to the level 1 trauma unit in Qatar, of which 1496 (29%) sustained WRI with a mean age of . Fall from height (FFH) (51%) followed by being struck by heavy objects (FHO) (18%) and motor vehicle crashes (MVC) (17%) was the commonest mechanism of injury (MOI). WRI patients were mainly laborers involved in industrial work (43%), transportation (18%), installation/repair (12%), carpentry (9%), and housekeeping (3%). Use of protective device was not observed in 64% of cases. The mean ISS was , median ICU stay was 3 days (1–64), and total hospital stay was 6 days (1–192). The overall case fatality was 3.7%. Although the incidence of WRI in Qatar is quite substantial, its mortality rate is relatively low in comparison to other countries of similar socioeconomic status. Prolonged hospital stay and treatment exert a significant socioeconomic burden on the nation’s and families’ resources. Focused and efficient injury prevention strategies are mandatory to prevent future WRI.