Injuries Related to Snow Blowers in the United States: 2002 Through 2008
Article first published online: 13 APR 2010
© 2010 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Academic Emergency Medicine
Volume 17, Issue 5, pages 566–569, May 2010
How to Cite
Hammig, B. and Jones, C. (2010), Injuries Related to Snow Blowers in the United States: 2002 Through 2008. Academic Emergency Medicine, 17: 566–569. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00730.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2010
- Received September 21, 2009; revision received November 17, 2009; accepted November 19, 2009.
- emergency medicine;
- consumer product
Objectives: The objective was to examine injuries related to the use of a snow blower among patients treated in an emergency department (ED).
Methods: Data were obtained from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for the years 2002–2008. National estimates of ED visits for injuries associated with the use of a snow blower were obtained, and descriptive epidemiologic characteristics assessed.
Results: From 2002 through 2008, there were an estimated 32,307 ED visits for injuries related to the use of a snow blower in the United States. Older adults had a higher proportion of ED visits for such injuries than younger age groups. The majority of injuries involved injuries to the hand, with 42% of cases diagnosed with fractures and 20% resulting in amputations.
Conclusions: Findings indicate that injuries from snow blowers remain a public health problem. Efforts to reduce injury incidence are discussed in accordance with inherent challenges of prevention of injuries associated with these products.
ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2010; 17:566–569 © 2010 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine