Country factors associated with the risk of hospitalization and aeromedical evacuation among expatriate workers

Myles Druckman, Philip Harber, Yihang Liu, Robert L. Quigley

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: To assess country factors associated with the risk of requiring aeromedical evacuation and hospitalization among expatriate workers and their dependents. METHODS:: The 2009-2010 data including 5725 aeromedical evacuations and 17,828 hospitalizations, and 2009 data of hospitalizations and aeromedical evacuations among 94,651 at-risk expatriates, were analyzed to assess 2 country risk rating tools. Each tool utilized four risk categories and reflected level of development and medical capabilities. RESULTS:: Country risk category was strongly associated with risk of evacuation and/or hospitalization for each risk rating tool (eg, 46-fold increase from lowest to highest country risk category). CONCLUSION:: Country risk tools strongly associate hospitalization and aeromedical evacuation with country risk category, and thus can be important indicators of relative medical risk. Employers may use these results to implement targeted prevention programs to support expatriate workers and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1118-1125
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume54
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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