The impact of ice-skating injuries on orthopaedic admissions in a regional hospital.
AffiliationDepartment of Orthopaedics, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork., email@example.com
Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data
Patient Admission/*statistics & numerical data
Sick Leave/statistics & numerical data
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CitationIr Med J. 2006 Jan;99(1):7-8.
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractSince the opening of a temporary ice-rink in our hospital's catchment area, we have observed an increase in patients requiring in-patient treatment for orthopaedic intervention. The authors performed a prospective analysis of all patients admitted to our unit over a one-month period. Epidemiological data, wearing of protective gear and skater experience were collected. Fracture type, treatment required, average length of hospital stay and number of days missed from work was also recorded. Ice-skating injuries accounted for 7.7% of our total admissions over the study period. There was a significant variation noted in the types of fracture sustained ranging from comminuted fractures of the radial head to spiral fractures of the tibia. The average length of hospital stay was 2.6 days and average time missed from work was 6.1 weeks. This paper highlights the potential serious injuries that can occur in ice-skating and their impact on admissions to our orthopaedic unit.