Arturo San Martín Guerra, M.D.

Dr. San Martin, an occupational and public health specialist, is currently the director of the CAPREDENA Medical Center in Talcahuano, Chile and also serves as a medical consultant to FONASA, Chile’s largest health provider. He was awarded the Irving J. Selikoff Scholarship in 1996 to support his research on fatal occupational accidents in Talcahuano, Chile. Dr. San Martín worked with Jacqueline Moline, MD while at Mount Sinai. His research interests include implementation of early detection programs and preventive control of common adult diseases in the workplace.

Institutional Affiliation

Medical Consultant to FONASA
Director of the CAPREDENA Medical Center

Mailing Address

Dirección Regional Centro Sur FONASA
Diagonal P. A. Cerda 1129, 4° Piso

E-mail Address

Irving J. Selikoff Scholarship Project

Evaluation of Fatal Occupational Accidents in the Health Sector of Talcahuano, Chile - 1990-1995

Located on Chile’s southern coastal area, the highly industrialized city of Talcahuano, (350,000 inhabitants) has fishing, shipyard, and metal industries, a petrochemical complex, and multiple support enterprises. The employed population of the area has a high incidence of occupational accidents and diseases, thus the need for preventive and systematic interventions in the employed population, employers, insurance corporations, and health providers. Vigilance and intervention should be achieved with organisms in charge of regulations, such as health services that are a part of the Ministry of Health; Labor Inspectors, who are part of the Ministry of Labor and Social Provisions; and the Maritime Department, which is part of the National Department of Maritime Territory of the Chilean Army. An expedited system of epidemiological vigilance with receptivity and responsiveness on the local level is required to accomplish this task.

We plan to evaluate the feasibility of obtaining information useful to a vigilance system based on fatal occupational accidents, by comparing data from the following sources: death certificates, media information, company reports and reports emitted by groups linked to Occupational Accidents and Professional Diseases Insurance, the Department of Health and others. We seek to propose a local Vigilance System, by joining the most efficient information sources, to be implemented in local health entities acting as coordinating institutions.