Work-Related Immediate Inpatient Hospitalization Surveillance System
A work-related immediate inpatient hospitalization is a work-related injury that leads to an inpatient hospital admission within one day of the injury event (based on day, not 24 hours).
Cases are identified through a multi-step linking process using two data sources:
- Washington workers' compensation (WC) data
- Washington's hospital discharge data—the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS).
Public health importance of Work-Related Immediate Inpatient Hospitalization Surveillance
Immediate inpatient hospitalizations resulting from work-related injuries represent a small proportion of injuries, but are severe, costly, and preventable injuries that indicate a need for intervention.
Acute traumatic injuries account for a high proportion of immediate inpatient hospitalizations. Employers throughout the United States are required to report work-related hospitalizations to their state or OSHA regional office. Understanding more about these hospitalizations may be valuable both for prevention efforts and for assessing the completeness of employer reporting.
Purpose & Operations of Work-Related Immediate Inpatient Hospitalization Surveillance
Immediate Inpatient Hospitalizations data allows for:
- Quantifying prevalence by industry & occupation of work-related injuries and illnesses that lead to immediate inpatient hospitalizations.
- Identifying high-risk occupations/industries and health disparities/risks.
- Aiding in targeting prevention efforts.
Employers, policymakers, and health promotion practitioners can use the study findings to target and prioritize prevention efforts for injuries most likely to cause an work-related immediate hospitalization.