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Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRING TIME reminder: LAWNMOWER SAFETY



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Lawnmower Safety

These Injuries can be devastating to the hand ...or any part of the body that is involved.
  • 22% of injuries involve the hand, fingers or wrist.  25% of which result in amputation

  • Lawnmowers should be considered potentially lethal in the hands of children.

  • Children under age 6 should be inside when the lawn is being mowed.

  • Children under age 12 should not be allowed to go near a power lawnmower and should be at least 16 before using a riding mower.

  • Safety training is essential always.




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ASSH LAWNMOWER SAFETY

Keep Your Hands Safe: Follow Lawnmower Safety Tips

Each year, more than 74,000 small children, adolescents and adults are injured by rotary, hand and riding power mowers due to improper handling. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand would like to provide you with patient information to help you avoid these injuries.
Kinetics of Rotary Power LawnmowersKinetic energy (motion) imparted by a standard rotary blade is comparable to the energy generated by dropping a 21-pound weight from a height of 100 feet or is equal to three times the muzzle energy of a .357 Magnum pistol. Blade speed can eject a piece of wire or an object at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
Injury Profile
Adults 25-64 years
Children under age five
22% involve wrist, hand or finger
14% involve foot, ankle or toes
25% of all hand and foot injuries result in amputation
Deaths occurred in children under six years of age
Common Injury Patterns
  • Direct contact with rotating or jammed blade
  • Serious avulsion (tearing/separating) injuries to soft tissue and bones
  • Gross contamination from contact with grass and soil harboring pathogens
  • Injuries requiring multiple staged surgeries to cleanse wounds and provide soft tissue coverage (to regenerate healthy tissue/skin)
Common Weather Conditions
  • Wet grass
  • Damp ground
Other Causes of Injury
  • Passengers (adult/child) on riding mowers or in cart towed behind mower
  • Mower being pulled backward
  • Sloping lawn mowed by power mower up and down slope, instead of across
  • Sloping lawn mowed by riding mower across slope, instead of up and down
  • Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes
  • Operator attempts to unclog blades with hand or foot
Lawnmowers are safe if used properly.
Remember the following:
  • Read your mower's instruction manual prior to use.
  • DO NOT REMOVE safety devices or guards on switches.
  • NEVER insert hands or feet into the mower to remove grass or debris. Even with the motor turned off, the blade remains engaged.
  • ALWAYS use a stick or broom handle to remove any obstruction.
  • NEVER cut grass when it is wet or when the ground is damp.
  • NEVER allow a child to operate the mower at any time or be in the area to be mowed.
  • NEVER allow passengers, other than the operator, on riding mowers.
  • Keep your mower in good working order with sharp blades.
  • DO NOT DRINK before or while using your lawnmower.
  • Wear protective boots, goggles, gloves and long pants.
  • Do not operate the lawnmower while barefoot.
  • Be cautious when mowing hills or slopes.
REMEMBER — SAFETY FIRST AT ALL TIMES!
Copyright © American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2009.

2008 AAOS Position Statement taken from AAOS website by www.handctr.com 



Power Lawnmower Safety.
This Position Statement was developed as an educational tool based on the opinion of the authors. It is not a product
of a systematic review. Readers are encouraged to consider the information presented and reach their own
conclusions.
More than 210,000 people – including approximately 16,000 children - were treated in doctors’ offices, clinics and
emergency rooms for lawnmower-related injuries in 2007, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission. Lawnmower injuries often result in partial or complete amputation of both lower and upper extremities.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons believes that the great majority of these injuries are
preventable. The Academy recommends the following safety guidelines when using lawnmower
equipment.


Never let children operate lawnmowers. Keep kids 15 years of age and younger away when lawnmowers are in use.

Children should not be in the yard while the lawn is being mowed.

No riders other than the operator, regardless of age, should be allowed on a riding mower.

Be sure the motor has been turned off before inspecting or repairing power lawnmower equipment.

Do not tamper with safety release switches.

Keep lawnmowers in good working order with sharp blades.

Remove stones, toys and other objects from the lawn before you start mowing.

Wear protective gloves, goggles, boots and long pants when you use lawnmowers. Never mow barefoot or in
sandals.

Use caution when mowing hills and slopes. Mow across with a push mower; mow up and down with a riding
mower. Do not cut wet grass.

Be sure the motor is off before inspecting or repairing lawnmower equipment.

Read the instruction manual before using a lawnmower.

Be sober (i.e., don’t drink and mow.)

Do not remove safety devices, shield or guards on switches, and keep hands and feet away from moving parts.

Stay away from the engine cowling, as it can become very hot and burn unprotected flesh.

Add fuel before starting the engine, not when it is running or hot.

Use a stick or broom handle (not your hands or feet) to remove debris in lawnmowers or snowblowers.

Do not leave a lawnmower unattended when it is running. If you must walk away from the machine, shut off the
engine.

March 1998. Revised December 2008 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
This material may not be modified without the express written permission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons .
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LINKS:

Lawn Mower-Related Injuries to Children:Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention

Sunday, December 1, 2013

2014 WINTER WARNING: Keep your hands safe when using snow blowers


Snow Blower Safety

Recommendations for safe use of a jammed snow blower snow blowers include: (O C D  STICK)

1. If the snow blower jams, immediately turn it OFF
2. Disengage the CLUTCH
3. DELAY...Wait 10 seconds after shutting of to allow Impeller Blades to stop rotating
4. Always use a STICK or broom handle to clear impacted snow. The stick most be strong enough to avoid breakage or eye injures can result from flying fragments.
5. Never put your hand near chute or around blades
6. Keep all shields in place. Do not remove safety devices on machine
7. Keep hands and feet away from moving parts
8. Keep a clear head, concentrate and ...
    Do not drink alcoholic beverages before using a snow blower

As physicians dedicated to the care of the Hand and Upper extremity we want to inform the public concerning the perils and pitfalls of improper snow blower use.  Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and therapists who deal with these injuries live in fear of the first heavy wet snow of the season. Invariably injuries are seen despite general knowledge that these injuries occur. These safety tips cannot guarantee against injury but hopefully if you are reading these or even better spreading these, it is one more step towards preventing these types of injuries.



*Injury Profile
Average age: 44 years
Sex: Male
Dominant hand — 90% of injuries
Amputations of tips of fingers
Middle finger most commonly injured
Common Weather Conditions
  • Heavy, wet snow
  • Large snow accumulation, greater than six inches
  • Temperature: 28 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
Injury Causes
  • Snow clogging the exit chute of the machine
  • Not noticing that the impeller blades are still rotating even though the machine is off
  • Operator attempts to clean the clogged exit chute with hands
  • Hands connect with the rotating blades, resulting in severe injury
*portions taken from http://www.assh.org/Public/Safety/Pages/SnowblowerSafety.aspx

Snowblowers are safe if used properly.

Remember — if your snowblower jams:
  • Turn it OFF!
  • Disengage CLUTCH.
  • DELAY, Wait five seconds after shutting machine off to allow impeller blades to stop rotating.
  • ALWAYS use a STICK or broom handle to clear impacted snow.
  • NEVER put your hand down chute or around blades.
  • Keep all shields in place. DO NOT REMOVE the safety devices on the machine.
  • Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.
  • Keep a clear head, concentrate, and
  • DO NOT DRINK before using your snowblower!
REMEMBER — SAFETY FIRST AT ALL TIMES!

News organizations and weather services can help.

Conditions that are associated with a higher incidence of injuries, hay wet snow exceeding 6 inches of accumulation and temperatures above 28 degrees Fahrenheit offer good opportunities to provide warning for the public. We need your help to reduce the incidence of these preventable injuries.
Let others know of this problem. Remind your colleagues, friends and neighbors when you see them outside. Lets put an end to these devastating injuries.


More Snowblower Facts

Canadian inventor, Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925. The Montreal based inventor sold his first, "Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower" as it was called, to the nearby town of Outremont, in 1927. The invention consisted of three sections; a four-wheel drive truck chassis and truck motor, the snow scooping section, and the snow blower with two adjustable chutes and separate motor. The snowblower allowed the driver to clear and throw snow over 90 feet away from the truck or directly into the back of the truck and it worked on hard, soft or packed snow.
Arthur Sicard was born in Saint-LĂ©onard-de-Port-Maurice, Quebec on December 17, 1876. He died on September 13, 1946.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN SEASON AVOID PUMPKIN CARVING INJURY


Hand Surgeons Warn of Pumpkin Carving Dangers

THE PHYSICIANS OF THE HAND CENTER WANT YOU TO BE SAFE THIS SEASON

Use caution during the Halloween season, and take steps to prevent hand injuries when carving.
"Every Halloween season we see four or five patients — both adults and children — who come into our office with severe injuries to their hands and fingers," from The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, Mass. "Treatment can often run three to four months, from the time of surgery through rehabilitation."

To prevent hand injuries, the ASSH and the HAND CENTER of WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS suggests the following safety tips:

Carve in a Clean, Dry, Well-lit Area

Wash and thoroughly dry all of the tools that you will use to carve the pumpkin: carving tools, knife, cutting surface, and your hands. Any moisture on your tools, hands, or table can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.

Always Have Adult Supervision
"All too often, we see adolescent patients with injuries because adults feel the kids are responsible enough to be left on their own.  Even though the carving may be going great, it only takes a second for an injury to occur."

Leave the Carving to Adults
Never let children do the carving. We suggests letting kids draw a pattern on the pumpkin and having them be responsible for cleaning out the inside pulp and seeds. When the adults do start cutting, they should always cut away from themselves and cut in small, controlled strokes.

Sharper is Not Better
"A sharper knife is not necessarily better, because it often becomes wedged in the thicker part of the pumpkin, requiring force to remove it. "An injury can occur if your hand is in the wrong place when the knife finally dislodges from the thick skin of the pumpkin. Injuries are also sustained when the knife slips and comes out the other side of the pumpkin where your hand may be holding it steady."

Use a Pumpkin Carving Kit
Special pumpkin carving kits are available in stores and include small serrated pumpkin saws that work better because they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin tissue. "If they do get jammed and then wedged free, they are not sharp enough to cause a deep, penetrating cut," says Wint.

Help for a Pumpkin Carving Injury
Should you cut your finger or hand, bleeding from minor cuts will often stop on its own by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required.

Copyright © American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2009.modifed by www.handctr.com in  2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fireworks safety in the Baystate and throughout Connecticut this week



Hand Surgeons Agree: Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) has urged the public to leave fireworks in the hands of the professionals.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 38% of all reported fireworks-related injuries from June 22-July 22, 2001, were to fingers, hands, and arms. These injuries included burns, lacerations, fractures, and traumatic amputation.
Of the finger, hand, and arm injuries, the majority of injuries were caused from accidents involving firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers— the three firework-types most often used in a backyard environment. Accidents involving firecrackers, bottle rockets, and hand-held sparklers totaled 57% of all firework injuries (source: American Pyrotechnic Association).
One solution that has been offered by the ASSH to individuals is to attend public fireworks displays, which are monitored for safety by a local fire department, rather than setting off fireworks near or around the home.

The following precautions should be taken when attending a public fireworks display:

  • Obey safety barriers and ushers.
  • Stay back a minimum of 500 feet from the launching site.
  • Resist the temptation to pick up firework debris when the display is over. The debris may still be hot, or in some cases, the debris might be “live” and could still explode.
  • Never give children hand-held sparklers. Sparklers cause 10% of all firework injuries (source: American Pyrotechnics Association)—and were associated with the most injuries to children under 5 years of age. (source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts agrees -- keep your hands safe this fourth of July. Enjoy the day and leave fireworks to the professionals
Portions Copyright © American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2008.
Modified/adapted altered by www.handctr.com from assh.org

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hand Center Connecticut additional offices


 


 




The Physicians and Staff of the Hand Center of Western Massachusetts are proud to announce that we are opening another Hand Center office, in Connecticut. Our new office will be at 140 Hazard Avenue, Enfield CT 86082
The Hand Center 

Hours will be by appointment. 

We are now the only medical practice in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the Hand and Upper Extremity. 

Our office has been known regionally as The Hand Center  since 1999 and has continued to serve the residents of an ever expanding geographic circle during that time.

As many of our patients come from the Northern Connecticut region now, we at the Hand Center are excited to begin working at our new Connecticut office and doing surgery near there. As residents of  towns very nearby in Western Massachusetts the Hand Surgeons Drs. Wint, Wintman and Martin all spend significant time in Enfield, Somers, Stafford, East Windsor, Ellington, Vernon, Tolland and the surrounding area. We feel that Northern  Central Connecticut is part of our home  and are eager to make our  Hand Center services available there. For more information about our us and our practice of Hand and Upper Extremity surgery visit www.handctr.com.


The Hand Center, Enfield Connecticut


THE HAND CENTER OF WMA  in CONNECTICUT
(413) 733 2204 
currently if you are seeking an appointment with oneof our Hand Surgeons in connecticut, please call the springfield number.

The HAND CENTER staff prides itself on helping you navigate the ins and outs of seeing a specialist. Whether it is a small or large problem, we strive to inform you of co-pays, deductibles and other requirements of your insurance plan BEFORE you arrive at our office, so that you and your Physician can focus on your care. At the Hand Center of Western Massachusetts you will ONLY see an board certified MD, an experienced Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon at each and every visit. Our doctors have been in Springfield and Ware in Western Massachusetts for many years, have a track record of providing quality care and have earned the confidence of our patients and their health care providers. We are excited to bring this to our Connecticut Hand Center office in Enfield.  Call our office at anytime if you have questions at 413 733 2204 or visit our website at www.handctr.com

of Western Massachusetts
now in North and Central CT
140 Hazard Avenue, Suite 103, Enfield
(860) 272-2996

Thursday, January 17, 2013

HAND CENTER CONNECTICUT:The Hand Center of WMA in CONNECTICUT


The Physicians and Staff of the Hand Center of Western Massachusetts are proud to announce that we are opening another Hand Center office, in Connecticut. Our new office will be at 140 Hazard Avenue, Enfield CT 86082
The Hand Center 

Hours will be by appointment. 

We are now the only medical practice in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the Hand and Upper Extremity. 

Our office has been known regionally as The Hand Center  since 1999 and has continued to serve the residents of an ever expanding geographic circle during that time.

As many of our patients come from the Northern Connecticut region now, we at the Hand Center are excited to begin working at our new Connecticut office and doing surgery near there. As residents of  towns very nearby in Western Massachusetts the Hand Surgeons Drs. Wint, Wintman and Martin all spend significant time in Enfield, Somers, Stafford, East Windsor, Ellington, Vernon, Tolland and the surrounding area. We feel that Northern  Central Connecticut is part of our home  and are eager to make our  Hand Center services available there. For more information about our us and our practice of Hand and Upper Extremity surgery visit www.handctr.com.



The Hand Center, Enfield Connecticut



THE HAND CENTER OF WMA  in CONNECTICUT
140 Hazard Avenue
Suite 103
The Hand Center of WMA, Enfield, CT 06082
(413) 733 2204 
currently if you are seeking an appointment with oneof our Hand Surgeons in connecticut, please call the springfield number.
THE HAND CENTER
of Western Massachusetts
now in North and Central CT
140 Hazard Avenue, Suite 103, Enfield
(860) 272-2996

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Prevent Sports Injuries in Young Athletes



Prevent Sports Injuries in Young Athletes

Tips to Prevent Injuries

-from the Hand Center of Western Massachusetts -  

Every year thousands of people in western Massachusetts hurt or injure their fingers, hands and wrists at home, at work and while playing sports. Many of these injuries could have been easily avoided. Many of these injuries are alos in CHildren and Young Athletes. At the Hand Center we want to support helping to curtail "the escalation of injuries in youth sports." These tips below are availalble through the ASSH and AAOS.

Knowing a few preventative measures can help to keep hands safe.

The physicians and staff at the Hand Center of Western Massachusetts have important safety tips that can protect you and your family from unnecessary harm.

Articles


Sports and Fractures

You may have seen professional athletes on TV playing with casts or splints on their hands or wrists.  Other people, including family, friends, and trainers, may have told you and your child that it won’t be a problem participating in sports immediately after a fracture. The truth turns out to be more complicated.
There are many factors involved in the care of a fracture and the ultimate return to sports.
Every fracture has its own personality.  Some fractures are very stable and start off in relatively good position.  Other fractures can be unstable and require surgery with pins, plates or screws.  Some fractures may involve the joint surfaces and may require more care to prevent displacement and complications later on.  Different bones also have different healing potentials with some taking longer to heal.  The age of the patient and severity of the trauma also play an important role in determining the prognosis and ultimate course of treatment.
Different sports also have different requirements regarding return to play.  A soccer player or cross country runner may be able to avoid using his or her hands all together.  Still other sports run a high risk of reinjury due to the increased contact, unpredictable nature, and significant force involved in the activity, i.e. football, hockey, and wrestling.  Different positions in a particular sport may also affect the decision of when to return to play: kicker vs. quarterback or striker vs. goalie.
The decision of when to return to sports must be individualized for every patient.  A parent must realize that a child is not the same as a professional athlete.  With a professional athlete, there may be significant financial considerations which factor into whether an athlete should return to play – a professional athlete may be willing take on the risk of reinjury or irreparable problems in the future for immediate glory or fortune.  For most children and teenagers with a fracture – and indeed most adults not competing at a professional level – a more conservative approach is warranted.
The discussion of when your child can return to sports should take place between you and your doctor.  If your doctor feels that your child may participate in sports with some restrictions, one must realize that there is still a chance that some unforeseen event may occur.  There are rarely if any certainties in medicine as in life.  Your treating hand and upper extremity surgeon must try to weigh all these factors in order to determine the best course of action for your child’s injury.  If your doctor tells you that your son or daughter should not participate in sports at this time, it is because he feels this will ensure the best outcome for your child’s fracture.

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The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts encourages you to stop sports injuries.