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THOUSANDS FELL SICK AT WORK IN 2013

Elbow injury

According to the Valencia Ministry of Health, under a scheme known as SISVEL, or Sanitaria y Vigilancia Epidemiológica Laboral de la Conselleria de Sanidad, more than 3,000 workers fell sick whilst performing their jobs during 2013, a 130% increase over 2012.

According to the Minister for Health, Manuel Llombart, the SISVAL system is “unique in Spain”, and aims to improve knowledge of health problems related to work and the risk exposure of the working population, and secondly, the early detection of potential occupational diseases treated in the healthcare system.

According to the data, in 2013, there were a total of 3,032 suspected cases reported to SISVEL, representing an average of 252 submissions per month and an increase of over 130% from the 1,318 reported in 2012.

Musculoskeletal diseases are still the highest number of reported problems derived from working life, with carpal tunnel syndrome being responsible for 40% of all cases, a total of 668, with elbow tendinitis, or Tennis Elbow as we might more commonly know it, second in the list with 408 cases reported, 24.5% of the total. The next most common ailments are sheath syndrome and tendonitis bursitis.

Respiratory diseases such as asbestosis, asthma and extrinsic allergic alveolitis account for about 3% of all cases referred, a total of 48 accounts, whilst there were 20 cases of dermatitis, so 1.2%.

The figures are said to be “provisional” by the minister, as many are still undergoing investigation, with the figures expected to rise. However, Llombart says that the data is a testament to the value of the scheme, as it “shows that SISVEL is an effective system for the detection of occupational diseases and will contribute to improve the prevention of occupational injury and reduce healthcare costs that these diseases pose to the Valencian public health system”.

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