Computer-Related Injuries
Friday, September 11, 2009

As if carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain werenít enough, there has been a significant rise in other computer-related injuries. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that investigated these injuries in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Looking at a computer screen may hurt your eyes, but there are some hidden dangers involved with using the machine that are causing injuries.

Thereís been more than a sevenfold increase in injuries from actions such as tripping over computer equipment.

According to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database, more than 78,000 cases of acute computer-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms from 1994 through 2006. About 93 percent of the injuries occurred at home.

Reported injuries were due to hitting body parts or getting caught on computer equipment, tripping or falling over wires or other gadgets, equipment falling on top of people, and the straining of joints and muscles.

The most common cause of injury was tripping or falling in children less than 5 years old and in people over 60 years old.

The researchers say the true rate of computer-related injuries may be even greater because their data captured only those people whose injuries required treatment in emergency departments.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.