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Veterinarians suffer many work-related injuries

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

hond A high injury prevalence has been reported among veterinarians. In this study graduates in veterinary medicine from Australian universities completed questionnaires asking about injuries during their professional career.

Injuries were most frequently sustained on farms (55%) and associated with undertaking procedural activities (37%) and examining and moving animals (37%). The most frequent injuries sustained were open wounds (36%), fractures and dislocations (27%) and soft tissue bruising (12%). There were 63 reports of intracranial injury and 19 traumatic amputations reported. 

The major factors reported in association with injury were cattle (22%), horses (21%), dogs (20%) and cats (8%). Fifty-five per cent of veterinarians reported the use of safety precautions at the time of injury.

Lucas M., Day L., Shirangi A., Fritschi L.
Significant injuries in Australian veterinarians and use of safety precautions Occupational Medicine 2009 59(5):327-333

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hond A high injury prevalence has been reported among veterinarians. In this study graduates in veterinary medicine from Australian universities completed questionnaires asking about injuries during their professional career.

Injuries were most frequently sustained on farms (55%) and associated with undertaking procedural activities (37%) and examining and moving animals (37%). The most frequent injuries sustained were open wounds (36%), fractures and dislocations (27%) and soft tissue bruising (12%). There were 63 reports of intracranial injury and 19 traumatic amputations reported. 

The major factors reported in association with injury were cattle (22%), horses (21%), dogs (20%) and cats (8%). Fifty-five per cent of veterinarians reported the use of safety precautions at the time of injury.

Lucas M., Day L., Shirangi A., Fritschi L.
Significant injuries in Australian veterinarians and use of safety precautions Occupational Medicine 2009 59(5):327-333

Read More…

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