Lawnmower injuries: Avoidable morbidity/mortality? [abstract]
Eagan, Spencer L.
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Background: Lawnmower injuries are common around the world. We analyze our institution's experience, discuss the societal impact, and review management and prevention strategies. Methods: A fifteen- year retrospective review of a University Level I trauma center registry was performed. Injuries of the most recent 7 years were more thoroughly categorized. The literature was reviewed to assess lawnmower injuries and their management, and to generate a comprehensive list of avoidance strategies. Results: 134 lawn mower injuries were identified in the registry (Figure 1). The 64 injuries identified over the past 7 years were categorized by type and location of injury, style of mower (riding versus push), and patient age. The most common mechanism was contact with the blade (72%). Injuries to the hands and feet represented three quarters of all injuries seen (figures 2, 3). Children were involved in 28% and their injuries were often more severe. Conclusion: The dangers of lawnmowers are well recognized. Despite being preventable, injuries are common. Strict principles should guide management of these injuries and avoidance strategies should be promoted to improve prevention.
2009 Health Sciences Research Day (MU)