ER Visits as a Result of Work-Related Injuries

If a worker goes to a hospital’s emergency department, it is usually because the injury is so severe that seeing a doctor in his or her office or through a walk-in clinic requires too long of a wait. The 2018 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) contained the first national estimates for emergency room (ER) and hospital visits for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work (DAFW).

Here is a breakdown of some of the interesting factors concerning these work-related injuries:

  • A total of 333,830 DAFW cases resulted in a visit to a medical facility such as an emergency room or in-patient hospital
  • 294,750 required a trip to the emergency room and did not require hospitalization
  • 39,080 cases required in-patient hospitalization, either with or without an ER visit
  • The median number of days away from work for ER visits only was seven days and the median for in-patient hospitalization was 41 days