Health Trends among 9/11 Responders from 2011–2021: A Review of World Trade Center Health Program Statistics
Twenty years on, 9/11 responders are still paying a heavy price, with many facing significant health issues related to response and recovery following the terrorist attacks. More than 91,000 responders were exposed to a range of hazards during recovery and clean-up operations, with 80,785 enrolling in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) set up after the attacks. 3,439 responders are now dead, far more than the 412 who died on the day of the attacks with aerodigestive illness (34%) the number one cause, ahead of cancer (30%) and mental health (15%).
Deaths attributed to these three factors and musculoskeletal and acute traumatic injuries have increased six-fold since the start of 2016. More than 45% of WTCHP participants have a respiratory illness, 16% have cancer, and a further 16% have mental health illnesses. The ongoing effects of the attacks are clear, as 16,009 responders have enrolled in the WTCHP in the past five years.
Read the full Special Report – https://bit.ly/9-11-wtchp.
Prof. Ally Hutton from the University of Newcastle drops by the thirteenth edition of the PDM podcast series to discuss findings from her article, “Does the Presence of On-Site Medical Services at Outdoor Music Festivals Affect Attendees’ Planned Alcohol and Recreational Drug Use?”
A full-text version of the article is available at the following link – bit.ly/ms-omfs.
The August issue (Volume 36, Issue 4) of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) is now available on Cambridge Core. This issue features articles on CBRN-terrorism and the emergence of counter-terrorism medicine, the impact of PPE on intubation times, EMS and prehospital emergency animal care, gender disparity among speakers at EMS conferences in the United States, mental health and well-being support among first responders over their career, and much more!
Be sure to check out the PDM podcast series featuring interviews with authors of recent articles – https://soundcloud.com/wadem-pdm.
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