We may not like Mondays and we may be a bit distracted on Fridays, but in fact the statistics show Waikato people are more likely to present to hospital with a workplace injury in the middle of the week.
- Of the 1418 workplace injuries that required hospitalisation in the past five years in the Midland health region*, just over half were on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
- Workplace injuries in the Waikato are most likely occur in the industrial setting, closely followed by farming and machinery as the main cause.
- Males are four times more likely to be injured and require hospitalisation than females.
These are some of the statistics produced by the Midland Trauma System (MTS), a network of specialised, clinical personnel committed to the application of best practice in trauma care, The MTS collects and manages the regional trauma database, using the information to identify causes, trends, the impact of trauma injuries, and where prevention strategies might focus. The ultimate aim is to ensure best possible outcomes for patients and their families across the Midland health region.
The Midland Trauma System (MTS) has recorded 2912 work place injuries requiring a hospital admission in the last five years in the Midland Health Region at a cost of $23 million. That’s nearly 600 events at a cost of $4.7 million per year.
In the Waikato specifically, there was a total of 1418 events from work place injuries that required hospitalisation over that same five year period – that’s close to 300 events every year at a cost of $3.1 million per year.
The true cost of course to patients in pain, suffering, time off work and financial loss is much greater.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April) is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It reinforces the goal of helping ensure everyone who goes to work should come home healthy and safe.
Members of the trauma service at Waikato DHB are Grant Christey, Damien Ah Yen, Jamie Harvey, Jenny Dorrian, Bronwyn Denize and Mary Jane Pacua. If you would like to find out more about the Midland Trauma System – visit our website www.midlandtrauma.nz
* Midland is the health region that covers five district health boards in the central North Island – Waikato, Lakes, Tairawhiti, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty.