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Citation

Stueland D, Layde PM, Lee BC. J. Trauma 1991; 31(11): 1503-1509.

Affiliation

Section of Emergency Medicine, Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph's Hospital, WI 54449.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1991, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

1942171

Abstract

Agriculture is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The risk of agricultural trauma extends beyond the adult work force to include farm children. During a 2-year study of agricultural trauma conducted at the Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph's Hospital, 246 (26.9%) of all agricultural injury victims were children (age less than 19 years). Teenagers were at greatest risk, but there were also many injuries among preschool children under the age of 6 years. Injuries occurred most often during the summer months, on weekends, and during the evening hours from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. There were relationships between the body part injured and the age of the child as well as between the agent associated with the injury and the age and gender of the child. Preschool farm children are particularly liable to experience head and neck trauma and injuries resulting from falls. Any successful effort to address either the prevention or treatment of agricultural trauma will need to consider that children have a unique pattern of injuries that differs from that of adults.

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