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Hand injuries in young children from contact with vacuum cleaners

Hand injuries in young children from contact with vacuum cleaners

Emergency Medicine Journal 19(1): 80-81

To assess the incidence of injuries to young children sustained by contact with a domestic vacuum cleaner and to highlight the potential for significant injury. An increase in public awareness of these risks might result in a reduction in morbidity. Over a period of one year, all children attending with an injury sustained because of contact with a domestic vacuum cleaner had review of their case notes by the author. Four children were identified as having sustained friction burns to a hand after contact with a vacuum cleaner. All required treatment and several review appointments before satisfactory resolution was achieved. Although the number of cases seen was small, the potential for significant injury must be emphasised and public awareness increased in an attempt to reduce morbidity.

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Accession: 046210841

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PMID: 11777888

DOI: 10.1136/emj.19.1.80

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