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Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Vol.63 No.2 June 2012. -

This article presents a case of severe burn injury at work involving 80 % of body surface area and patient treatment and rehabilitation, which resulted in preserved working ability. The worker was injured by hot water and steam. After initial treatment in the intensive care unit, he underwent comprehensive clinical and outpatient rehabilitation that took 92 weeks, after which he returned to work. His working disability was 100 % after the initial treatment in the intensive care unit, but rehabilitation improved it to 50 %. It should always be kept in mind that even patients with serious or life-threatening injuries can be reintegrated into the workforce if patients, physicians, occupational physicians, and employers all work together.

occupational physician; rehabilitation; working ability



Author: Helga Hahn - ; Occupational Health Physician, Vienna, Austria

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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