Accession Number : ADA321312

Title :   Army Health Connection. Volume 3, Issue 1.

Corporate Author : ARMY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE (PROVISIONAL) ABERDEE N PROVING GROUND MD

PDF Url : ADA321312

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Sprains, strains, stress fractures, tendinitis. Painful and sometimes disabling, injuries like these lead to profiles and lost duty days. They are a problem. But how big a problem? According to COL Bruce H. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., injuries are a very large problem. COL Jones is the Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. Most of his career has been devoted to documenting the impact of injuries on soldiers and readiness of military units. 'Injuries are the leading health problem in the military,' said COL Jones. Injuries are also the number one cause of death. Fifty percent of disabilities appear to be injury-related and 25-30% of hospitalizations. 'But that is just the tip of the iceberg,' COL Jones said. The problem with outpatient visits is even larger. For basic trainees and in more active units, injuries account for upwards of 50% of all outpatient clinic visits and 80- 90% of limited duty days. These numbers have a significant impact on readiness.

Descriptors :   *HEALTH, *DISEASES, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *WOUNDS AND INJURIES, *OUTPATIENT CLINICS, *PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, ARMY PERSONNEL, OPERATIONAL READINESS, PROFILES, TRAINEES, DEATH, SURVEILLANCE, PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT), MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE