Original Article

Occupational Injuries Admitted to the Emergency Department


  • Bekir Dağlı
  • Mustafa Serinken

Received Date: 04.11.2011 Accepted Date: 28.11.2011 Eurasian J Emerg Med 2012;11(3):167-170


In trauma patients who were admitted to the emergency services, occupational accidents have a significant place because of the social problems and high costs effects.

Materials and Methods:

This 18-month period study on patients who were admitted to the Emergency Services in Pamukkale University Hospital were evaluated prospectively.


During the study 538 occupational accident cases appliedand these cases composed 1.6% of applications to emergency services. The frequency of accidents in the age group 25-34 in male workers was determined and the maximum occurs between 08:00-10:00 hours, Monday (21.0%) and Saturday (17.8) was determined to increase the frequency. The most commonly physically affectedarea was the upper extremity (hand and fingers 65.3%) injuries, and cutting, penetrating and abrasion types injuries were most commonly determined Both workers and the workplace source were noted as reasons for the occupational accidents (62.5%), workers are sourced due to negligence, while the workplace was the source due to not providing protective measures in the first place.


Most of the injuries associated with occupational accidents result in presentation to Emergency Departments. The data in Emergency Departments may help reveal details of occupational injuries and prevent workplace-related accidents.

Keywords: Occupational accident, trauma, injury, emergency department