Assessment of the severity of injuries to hands by powered wood splitters
2010 (English)In: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, ISSN 2000-6764, Vol. 44, no 4-5, 237-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Our aim was to rate the severity of injuries to hands by powered wood splitters. The patients were identified from a computerised registry and the cause of injury was confirmed by written questionnaire and structured telephone interview. Information about the anatomy of the injuries was gathered from patients’ records and radiographs. Severity of injury was rated according to the Hand Injury Severity Scoring System (HISS system) and the Injury Severity Score (ISS). The reliability of HISS rating was tested. The mean Hand Injury Severity Score (HISS) was 63 and the mean ISS was 3.7. Twenty-five (19 %) of patients had minor, 41 (31 %) had moderate, 30 (23 %) had severe, and 35 (27 %) had major injuries when scored by the HISS system. Children’s injuries were more severe than those of adults. There was no difference in severity between injuries made by wedge and screw splitters. It is not possible to avoid serious hand injuries from powered wood splitters completely by prohibiting one of the two main types of splitter.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 44, no 4-5, 237-244 p.
Log splitter, consumer product related injury, occupational injury, agricultural injury, Abbreviated Injury Scale, Hand Injury Severity Score, Hand Injury, Child Injury
Vedklyv, Hydraulklyv, Skruvklyv, Arbetsskada, Handskada
Surgery Surgery Surgery Environmental Health and Occupational Health
Research subject Plastic Surgery
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129393DOI: 10.3109/2000656X.2010.516590ISI: 000288238800011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129393DiVA: diva2:346265
Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery previously published as: Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery2010-08-312010-08-142016-04-21Bibliographically approved