June 10, 2009

Computer Injuries on the Rise

Blurred vision, back pain and wrist injuries are common in the computer world. But now, physical injuries such as falling monitors and tripping over cords are sending significant numbers to the emergency room.

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System Database reported over 78,000 injuries treated in the emergency room due to acute computer-related injuries between 1994 and 2006. The amount of patients increased 732 percent over the 13-year study, more than twice the increase of home computer ownership.

Injuries included straining of muscles and joints; running into, tripping on or catching on computer equipment; and equipment falling on top of patients. Researchers say more research is needed to determine whether the types of equipment used and the layouts and furniture used to house the hardware play a role in the injury increase.

SOURCE: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, July 2009