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Advances in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 459697, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/459697
Research Article

Epidemiology of Chain Saw Related Injuries, United States: 2009 through 2013

Community Health Promotion Program, Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA

Received 3 August 2015; Accepted 6 September 2015

Academic Editor: Bruno Megarbane

Copyright © 2015 Bart Hammig and Ches Jones. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Problem. Chain saws are a commonly used tool with the potential to inflict severe injuries. Methods. Descriptive epidemiological estimates for emergency department (ED) visits for injuries associated with the use of a chain saw were calculated using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for the years 2009–2013. Results. A total of 115,895 ED visits for injuries related to the use of a chain saw occurred during the study period. Most injury visits occurred among males (95%) and persons aged 30–59 years and during the months of September through November. The main body sites injured were the hand/fingers and knee. The majority of injuries were lacerations (80%). Conclusions. Chain saw injuries present with characteristic patterns which can aid in prevention of injuries related to the use of these tools. Examination of the epidemiology of chain saw injuries will help to ascertain targeted needs for prevention and control efforts.