Paediatric ride-on mower related injuries and plastic surgical management.
AffiliationDepartment of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland. email@example.com
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Trauma Severity Indices
Wounds and Injuries
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CitationPaediatric ride-on mower related injuries and plastic surgical management. 2011, 64 (5):638-42 J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg
JournalJournal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS
AbstractLawnmower related injuries cause significant morbidity in children and young teenagers. The 'ride-on' mowers which are more powerful than the 'walk behind' mowers are becoming increasingly popular. The incidence and severity of injuries from either type of lawnmower appears to be steadily rising as is the burden placed on local plastic surgical and emergency services in managing the care of these patients. The aims of the study were to demonstrate changing trends in lawnmower-related injuries to children presenting to a single unit over a ten-year period and to identify any association between injury severity and machine subtype ('ride-on' versus 'walk-behind'). Hospital databases, theatre records and medical case notes were reviewed retrospectively of all patients under the age of 16 treated for lawnmower related injuries over a 10 year period from July 1998 to June 2008. Data gathered included patient demographics, injury site and severity, management (type and number of surgical procedures), length of hospital stay and outcome. Injury severity score was also calculated for each case. Controlling for estimated regional population changes, there was a significant increase in the number of ride-on mower related accidents in the time period 2003-2008, compared to the time period 1998-2003. Ride-on injuries had significantly higher injury severity scores, longer hospital stays and were more likely to involve amputations as compared with walk-behind injuries. Children can sustain significant injuries with unsafe lawnmower use. The current study demonstrates the increasing incidence of ride-on mower related injuries in children and identifies a greater morbidity associated with such injuries. Such presentations place intense demands on local plastic surgical services.
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