+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ PDF Full Text
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Hand injuries during hand surgery: a survey of intraoperative sharp injuries of the hand among hand surgeons

Hand injuries during hand surgery: a survey of intraoperative sharp injuries of the hand among hand surgeons

Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume 33(5): 661-666

An e-mail survey comprising 19 questions was directed towards members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) to investigate the prevalence and nature of intraoperative injuries to hand surgeons during hand surgery. The responses were collected, statistical analysis was done and trends were extrapolated. Two hundred members of the ASSH completed the e-mail survey. A hand surgeon in practice for greater than 10 years has a 97% chance of sustaining an intraoperative "sharps" injury. The injury is self-inflicted (88%) in most cases and the index finger (94%) of the left hand (87%) is the most likely site. The suture needle was the cause in 91% of cases. Awareness of the risks and factors associated with hand injuries during hand surgery and adopting intraoperative measures are important strategies for preventing these potentially serious and life-threatening accidents.

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 053475783

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 18977837

DOI: 10.1177/1753193408090125

Related references

Opinions Regarding Management of Hand and Wrist Injuries in Elite Athletes: A Survey of Consultant Hand Surgeons. Journal of Hand Surgery: British & European Volume 38(10): E47-E48, 2013

Therapy standards after flexor tendon and nerve injuries of the hand: results from a survey of German centres for hand surgery. Der Unfallchirurg 113(3): 203-209, 2010

Hand Therapist Led Follow-up for Paediatric Hand Trauma - a Retrospective Study of 139 Closed Hand Injuries. Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja 19(6): 531-536, 2018

Emergency surgery of the hand; diagnosis and basic therapeutic principles in hand injuries. Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening 74(4): 119-122, 1954

Aggressive combined management of the patient with hand injuries and hand surgery. Progress in Physical Therapy 1(3): 191-199, 1970

Hand injuries in an older population - a retrospective cohort study from a single hand surgery centre. Bmc Musculoskeletal Disorders 20(1): 245, 2019

Hand injuries with particular reference to industrial accident based on 4,000 cases treated at the Clinic for Hand Injuries and Diseases in Lódź. Polski Tygodnik Lekarski 28(48): 1895-1898, 1973

Care of war injuries of the hand and upper extremity: report of the War Injury Committee (International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand). Journal of Hand Surgery 8(5 Pt 2): 810-813, 1983

What kinds of hand injuries are more likely to result in amputation? An analysis of 6549 hand injuries. Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume 36(5): 383-391, 2011

Patterns of hand preference and unintentional injuries among Indian attempted hand switchers and hand non-switchers. Laterality 18(6): 652-670, 2014

Palaeontology and mineralogy going hand in hand crystals in fossil echinoids Paleontologie en mineralogie hand in hand Kristallen in fossiele zee-egels. Grondboor en Hamer, 516: 135-137, 1997

Skin irritation and dryness associated with two hand-hygiene regimens: soap-and-water hand washing versus hand antisepsis with an alcoholic hand gel. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 21(7): 442-448, 2000

Wheelchairwalking: Hand-to-hand hikes proved more successful than hand-to-hand combat in controlling wheelchair wanderers. Geriatric Nursing 12(1): 37-0, 1991

Measures of hand function: Arthritis Hand Function Test (AHFT), Australian Canadian Osteoarthritis Hand Index (AUSCAN), Cochin Hand Function Scale, Functional Index for Hand Osteoarthritis (FIHOA), Grip Ability Test (GAT), Jebsen Hand Function Test (JHFT), and Michigan Hand Outcomes Questionnaire (MHQ). Arthritis Care and Research 63 Suppl 11: S189-S199, 2012

A survey of north american hand surgeons on their current attitudes toward hand transplantation. Journal of Hand Surgery 34(5): 808-814, 2009