Thursday, June 2, 2016



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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.



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.
Copyright © American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2009.

2008 AAOS Position Statement taken from AAOS website 

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
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

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 insandals.

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.

ORIGINAL: 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 .
Position Statement 1142
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Lawn Mower-Related Injuries to Children:Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention

Monday, April 4, 2016

Fight Dupuytrens Disease with the IDDB and the NDB

Join NDB and IDDB research for Dupuytrens

International Dupuytren Data Bank (IDDB)

is a research project with a target of finding the cause and cure for Dupuytren Disease and related conditions. The IDDB is sponsored by the Dupuytren Foundation in partnership with the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases. The IDDB is free for all participants, and has three phases:
  1. Survey people with and without Dupuytren disease for clues about their biology.
    (Enroll and fill out follow-up progress surveys online)
  2. Collect blood samples from those surveyed.
    (We’ll let you know how to do this.)
  3. Compare survey results with DNA and other blood tests to develop prevention rather than procedures.

Friday, February 12, 2016



 Frostbite occurs when the skin is overexposed to extreme cold. It can occur when the temperature and/or wind chill is below 27°F (-3°C), and it typically occurs in the fingers and toes.Cases of frostbite  are “typically the result of overexposure  —skiers, snowboarders and climbers who don't have the luxury of warming up in the lodge because they have ventured off the grid.” But it can occur anywhere that the temperature and windchill puts fingers  or toes at risk


When caught early, most frostbite is superficial and therefore reversible. If your fingertips are white, numb and swollen, see your doctor as soon as possible. Do not rewarm your fingers if you will be overexposing them to cold weather again. Your doctor will take care of rewarming the affected areas, and a hand surgeon may be brought in to take care of any blisters.


If you are with a young child who is complaining of being cold, then go inside.  once frostbite sets in, the child will stop complaining because the area becomes numb and he or she cannot feel the problem. It is important to monitor children and yourself for signs of frostbite.


To prevent frostbite, limit your time outside during cold weather; if you must venture outside, wear appropriate clothing. In extremely cold temperatures, winter athletes should consider electric boot warmers to protect their toes or gloves and mittens that have electric warming systems to protect their fingers, especially if they sustained frostbite in the past. Winter sports participants should heed warnings posted by the mountain on very cold days. 

PREVENT FROSTBITE As windchill increases time to frostbite decreases

Posted by The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts on Friday, February 12, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SPLINTS AND WRAPS FOR FINGERS, sports injury, sprains and trigger finger


ONLY SOME  FINGER problems are  treated with these, speak to your doctor before you use these. These splints and the products here are NOT medical advice

POWER SPLINTS - used for finger and sports injury,  FOR INDIVIDUAL FINGERS

  • Impact resistant, non-metal core that can withstand the hardest of hits
  • Protective side wings that flex inward or outward to fit various finger widths
  • Stretchy front velcro allows for a full range of finger motion while the back no-stretch velcro locks the middle joint in place
  • Fits under baseball/softball mitts and on top of football/batting gloves
  • Soft padding underneath to provide comfort and a perfect fit

BUDDY LOOPS used to protect the adjacent injured finger TWO FINGERS TOGETHER while allowing motion. Tape will work too but for the athlete or the worker who needs to take the tapes off and on through out the day these may be convenient

trigger finger splint may reduce frequency of  symptoms of locking and clicking, these splints are a good temporaty solution, especially if locking and clicking is painful or associated with prolonged locking, however do note that long term use may lead to stiffness


Thursday, January 21, 2016

WInter Weather Snow blower Safety Alert... JONAS and beyond


Snow Blower Safety

Recommendations for safe use of a jammed snow blower snow blowers include: (OCD 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.

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.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Who is the owner of this famous hand?

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