Indicator #6: Hospitalizations for Work-Related Burns

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Burns encompass injuries to tissues caused by contact with dry heat (fire), moist heat (steam), chemicals, electricity, friction, or radiation. Burns are among the most expensive work-related injuries to treat and can result in significant disability. Thermal and chemical burns are the most frequent types of work-related burn injury. A substantial proportion of burns occur in the service industry, especially in food service, often disproportionately affecting working adolescents.

Hospitalizations for Work-Related Burns
Indicator #6: Hospitalizations for Work-Related Burns, Maryland
Year Number Rate*
*Rate per 100,000 workers
2000 17 0.63
2001 17 0.62
2002 40 1.44
2003 57 2.06
2004 52 1.88
2005 48 1.71
2006 74 2.56
2007 65 2.26
2008 55 1.91
2009 55 2.0
2010 44 1.6
2012 43 1.5
​2013 ​34 ​1.2
​2014 ​30 ​1.0
​2015 ​15 ​0.5
​2016 ​38 ​1.2

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Why is this indicator important?

Work-related burns are some of the most devastating injuries affecting workers. Although hospitalized burns are unusual events, they are painful, disabling, and expensive to treat. Many result in significant disfigurement. In addition, burns are the most common cause of work-related hospitalization for young workers.

Data Source for this indicator

Maryland Hospital Discharge Data (number of work-related hospitalizations); Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey (total number of employed persons).

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Limitation of Indicator

Work-related burn injuries are experienced by employed individuals less than 16 years old, but corresponding denominator data is not readily available. Practice patterns and payment mechanisms may affect decisions by health care providers to hospitalize patients. Residents of one state may be hospitalized in another state and not be reflected in his/her state’s hospitalization data. Until hospital discharge data is available in all states, aggregation of state data to produce nationwide estimates will be incomplete. Data on race/ethnicity is not collected in some states and is incomplete and/or of questionable validity in others. Hospital Discharge records are only available for non-federal, acute care hospitals.