DefinitionHospitalizations of persons 16 years or older with burn injury as the primary diagnosis and primary payer coded as workers' compensation.
ICD-9 codes: 940 - 949
NumeratorNumber of hospital discharges with primary diagnosis of burn injury and primary payer coded as workers' compensation.
DenominatorTotal number of employed persons aged 16 years or older for the same calendar year.
Why Is This Important?Work-related burns are among the most devastating injuries affecting workers. Although hospitalized burns are rare events, they are painful, disabling, and may result in significant disfigurement.
How Are We Doing?In New Jersey (NJ) there have been over 1,000 work-related burns between 2000 and 2017. NJ annual rates ranged from 0.8-2.9 hospitalizations/100,000 workers from 2000-2016 (2017 denominator data not available).
In 2017, there were 26 work-related burn hospitalizations in NJ. Of these 19 (73%) were male and the average age was 43 years. 12 (46%) of the hospitalized individuals were White; 3 (12%) were Black; and 8 (31%) were of Hispanic origin. Of the 26 reported cases of work-related burns in 2017, 23% of the burns were to the lower limb(s); 23% were to the face, head, and trunk; and 19% were to the shoulder and upper limb, except wrist and hand.