combines data on fatal occupational injuries from multiple sources, no comparable system is available at the federal level for nonfatal work-related injuries.

Surveillance of young people's work-related injuries is contingent on reliable identification of work-relatedness. It is reasonable to assume that occupational injuries suffered by youngsters are less likely to be recognized as work-related than are those suffered by adults. The potential for systematic omission of injured youths from existing occupational injury surveillance systems has not been rigorously evaluated. Ambulatory care data may provide an important complement to conventional occupational injury surveillance data-sets, such as workers' compensation and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, and to the ability to examine occupational injuries in relation to other injuries suffered by children and adolescents.



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