Ohio is one of ten states participating in the NIOSH Occupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities (OHNAC) initiative. Three surveillance centers have been established in rural hospitals for the identification of agricultural injuries in fifteen of Ohio's eighty-eight counties. Data collected for the period covering from July 1, 1992, through June 30, 1994, included four hundred eighty-nine cases with two hundred fifty of those considered to be agriculturally work-related injuries associated with machinery (24.6%), falls (17.1%) and animals (14.3%).
Ohio OHNAC program collects data predominantly through hospitals.
The initial treatment setting for 83% of the cases seen in
this data set was the emergency room. Fifty-five percent of
the injuries seen were between the ages of 20-49. Approximately
17% occurred in children under the age of 19 and 14% in adults
over the age of 60. Eighty-six percent of the cases occurred
in men. Six fatalities were included in this data.
This research abstract was extracted from a portion of the proceedings of "Agricultural Safety and Health: Detection, Prevention and Intervention," a conference presented by the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The authors noted above are from: Ohio Dept. of Health, Columbus, OH; Ohio Dept. of Health, Columbus, OH; and Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, OH, respectively
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