Mutilating Hand Injuries
(Hand Trauma; Hand Injury)
- Machine injuries
- Power tool injuries
- Crushing accidents
- Chemical exposure
- Car accidents
- Farming injuries
- Having an occupation that requires use of dangerous machinery
- Removing safety guards from machinery, such as power saws or wood chippers
- Using short-cuts and improper technique while using machinery
- Using your hands to remove clogged grass from lawn mowers or snow from snow blowers without shutting off the power
- Operating machinery or vehicles under the influence of alcohol or medications that cause impairment during use
- Excessive bleeding
- Amputation of hand or fingers
- Ripped skin
- Skin loss
- Open wound
- Exposed bone or tendons
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- Allow the doctor to closely examine your wound
- Remove debris or dirt
- Pain medications
- Anesthesia to examine the wound closely
- Antibiotics to prevent a wound infection
- Do not operate machinery that you are unfamiliar with.
- Follow all safety instructions when operating tools or machinery. Be especially careful when using snow blowers and lawn mowers. These commonly used tools result in many hand injuries each year.
- Do not put fingers or hands near moving parts of machinery.
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Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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