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Life-threatening nail gun injuries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10597056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of pneumatic and explosive cartridge-activated nail guns is common in the construction industry. The ease and speed of nailing these tools afford enhance productivity at the cost of increased potential for traumatic injury. Although extremity injuries are most common, life-threatening injuries to the head, neck, chest, or abdomen and pelvis may occur. During a 20-month period, eight potentially life-threatening nail gun injuries were admitted to a Level I trauma center, including injuries to the brain, eye, neck, heart, lung, and femoral artery. Mechanism of injury included nail ricochet, nail gun misuse due to inadequate training, and successful suicide. Nail guns have significant potential for causing severe debilitating injury and death. These findings indicate a need for improved safety features and user education. The various types of nail guns, their ballistic potential, and techniques for operative management are discussed.
A C Beaver; M L Cheatham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-23     Completed Date:  1999-12-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1113-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical Education, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida 32806, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational* / prevention & control
Acetabulum / injuries
Brain Injuries / etiology
Construction Materials / adverse effects*
Eye Injuries, Penetrating / etiology
Femoral Artery / injuries
Femur Head / injuries
Heart Injuries / etiology
Lung Injury
Middle Aged
Neck Injuries / etiology
Pneumothorax / etiology
Wounds, Penetrating / etiology*

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