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Recording and prevention of injuries on an island in northern norway

Recording and prevention of injuries on an island in northern norway

Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening 101(26): 1454-1457

Vaeroy is an island located just north of the Arctic Circle, .apprx. 80 km from the Norwegian mainland. Inhabitants (1060) live in this community where coastal fishing is the basis of existence. Of the adult men 75% are employed as fisherman or with fish processing ashore. During a 12 mo. period in 1979-1980 the nature and incidence of injuries resulting in contact with the local physician was surveyed. The main object of the investigation was to provide a basis for prevention of accidents in the municipality. A total of 231 injuries was recorded. The incidence of injuries among men was 3 times that in women. The most prevalent injury in the male population was open wounds while contusions/distensions dominated among the women. The highest frequency of injuries was observed in the age group 10-19 yr. Of all injuries 37% were of occupational origin, 21% were due to home accidents and 11% to traffic accidents. Of the occupational injuries 73% arose in the fishing industry. One half of the injuries could probably have been prevented with adequate prophylactic measures. Based upon these observations a plan was constructed for a local campaign to prevent accidents on the individual and on the community level.

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