Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208824
Title:
Lawnmower injuries in children.
Authors:
Nugent, Nora; Lynch, Jenny B; O'Shaughnessy, Michael; O'Sullivan, Sean T
Affiliation:
Department of Plastic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland., nnugent@rcsi.ie
Citation:
Eur J Emerg Med. 2006 Oct;13(5):286-9.
Journal:
European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society, for Emergency Medicine
Issue Date:
3-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208824
PubMed ID:
16969234
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: Power lawnmowers can pose significant danger of injury to both the operator and the bystander, from direct contact with the rotary blades or missile injury. Our objective was to review our experience with paediatric lawnmower-associated trauma, and the safety recommendations available to operators of power lawnmowers. METHODS: The patient cohort comprised paediatric (<16 years of age) patients treated for lawnmower-associated trauma, by the plastic surgery service, between 1996 and 2003. These patients were identified retrospectively. Age at the time of injury, location and extent of bony and soft tissue injuries sustained, treatment instituted and clinical outcome were recorded. Brochures and instruction manuals of six lawnmower manufacturers were reviewed, and safety recommendations noted. RESULTS: Fifteen patients were identified. The majority of injuries occurred from direct contact with the rotary blades (93%); the remaining child sustained a burn injury. Fourteen children (93%) required operative intervention. Seven patients (46%) sustained injuries resulting in amputation, two of whom had major limb amputations. All children, except the burns patient, underwent wound debridement and received antibiotic therapy. Reconstructive methods ranged from primary closure to free tissue transfer. Many patients required multiple procedures. In all instruction manuals, instructions to keep children and pets indoors or out of the yard when mowing were found. CONCLUSIONS: Lawnmower injuries can be devastating, particularly in children. Many victims have lasting deformities as a result of their injuries. Awareness of and stringent adherence to safety precautions during use of power lawnmowers can prevent many of these accidents.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Accidents, Home/*statistics & numerical data; Adolescent; Amputation, Traumatic/*epidemiology/etiology; Burns/epidemiology/etiology; Child; Child, Preschool; Equipment Safety/standards; Female; Household Articles/*statistics & numerical data; Humans; Male; Retrospective Studies; Soft Tissue Injuries/*epidemiology/etiology; Wounds and Injuries/*epidemiology
ISSN:
0969-9546 (Print); 0969-9546 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNugent, Noraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLynch, Jenny Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Shaughnessy, Michaelen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Sean Ten_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T15:04:35Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-03T15:04:35Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-03T15:04:35Z-
dc.identifier.citationEur J Emerg Med. 2006 Oct;13(5):286-9.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0969-9546 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0969-9546 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid16969234en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/208824-
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: Power lawnmowers can pose significant danger of injury to both the operator and the bystander, from direct contact with the rotary blades or missile injury. Our objective was to review our experience with paediatric lawnmower-associated trauma, and the safety recommendations available to operators of power lawnmowers. METHODS: The patient cohort comprised paediatric (<16 years of age) patients treated for lawnmower-associated trauma, by the plastic surgery service, between 1996 and 2003. These patients were identified retrospectively. Age at the time of injury, location and extent of bony and soft tissue injuries sustained, treatment instituted and clinical outcome were recorded. Brochures and instruction manuals of six lawnmower manufacturers were reviewed, and safety recommendations noted. RESULTS: Fifteen patients were identified. The majority of injuries occurred from direct contact with the rotary blades (93%); the remaining child sustained a burn injury. Fourteen children (93%) required operative intervention. Seven patients (46%) sustained injuries resulting in amputation, two of whom had major limb amputations. All children, except the burns patient, underwent wound debridement and received antibiotic therapy. Reconstructive methods ranged from primary closure to free tissue transfer. Many patients required multiple procedures. In all instruction manuals, instructions to keep children and pets indoors or out of the yard when mowing were found. CONCLUSIONS: Lawnmower injuries can be devastating, particularly in children. Many victims have lasting deformities as a result of their injuries. Awareness of and stringent adherence to safety precautions during use of power lawnmowers can prevent many of these accidents.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAccidents, Home/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_GB
dc.subject.meshAmputation, Traumatic/*epidemiology/etiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshBurns/epidemiology/etiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshChilden_GB
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen_GB
dc.subject.meshEquipment Safety/standardsen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHousehold Articles/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshRetrospective Studiesen_GB
dc.subject.meshSoft Tissue Injuries/*epidemiology/etiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshWounds and Injuries/*epidemiologyen_GB
dc.titleLawnmower injuries in children.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Plastic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland., nnugent@rcsi.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalEuropean journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society, for Emergency Medicineen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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