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Construction-related eye injuries in Irish nationals and non-nationals: attitudes and strategies for prevention.
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PMID:  17849517     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Construction-related ocular injuries are an important cause of vision loss but few studies on the incidence, epidemiology and nature of these injuries exist. AIMS: Due to the perceived increase in occupation-related eye injuries in non-nationals we aimed to investigate the nature of such injuries presenting to a single eye unit over a two-month period. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-five patients presenting to the accident and emergency department with construction related ocular injury were examined. RESULTS: Of 155 patients, 80 were Irish and 75 nonnational, of whom 60, 21.3 and 6.7% were Polish, Lithuanian and Romanian, respectively. Common causative factors included hammering, grinding, drilling and splash injury. Average rate of eyewear protection usage was 35%, with attendance at safety courses highest in Irish nationals. A penetrating eye injury rate of 4.9% overall was observed, all in non-nationals. CONCLUSION: Construction related ocular injury is a serious cause of visual loss in non-nationals. Greater adherence to safety regulations and training is required.
P P Connell; T Saddak; I Harrison; S Kelly; A Bobart; P McGettrick; L T M Collum
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish journal of medical science     Volume:  176     ISSN:  0021-1265     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir J Med Sci     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-12     Completed Date:  2007-10-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806864     Medline TA:  Ir J Med Sci     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*,  statistics & numerical data
Attitude to Health*
Construction Materials / toxicity*
Emigration and Immigration*
Eye Injuries / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Eye Injuries, Penetrating / epidemiology,  etiology,  prevention & control
Eye Protective Devices*
Facility Design and Construction
Ireland / epidemiology
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Occupational Health*
Prospective Studies

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