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Use of a pig model to demonstrate vulnerability of major neck vessels to inflicted trauma from common household items.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17325460     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Commonly available items including a ball point pen, a plastic knife, a broken wine bottle, and a broken wine glass were used to inflict stab and incised wounds to the necks of 3 previously euthanized Large White pigs. With relative ease, these items could be inserted into the necks of the pigs next to the jugular veins and carotid arteries. Despite precautions against the carrying of metal objects such as knives and nail files on board domestic and international flights, objects are still available within aircraft cabins that could be used to inflict serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. If airport and aircraft security measures are to be consistently applied, then consideration should be given to removing items such as glass bottles and glass drinking vessels. However, given the results of a relatively uncomplicated modification of a plastic knife, it may not be possible to remove all dangerous objects from aircraft. Security systems may therefore need to focus on measures such as increased surveillance of passenger behavior, rather than on attempting to eliminate every object that may serve as a potential weapon.
Authors:
Roger W Byard; Glenda E Cains; John D Gilbert
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-27     Completed Date:  2007-04-12     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. byard.roger@saugov.sa.gov.au
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Carotid Arteries
Carotid Artery Injuries / etiology,  pathology
Female
Forensic Pathology
Household Articles*
Jugular Veins / injuries,  pathology
Models, Animal
Neck Injuries / etiology*,  pathology*
Swine
Wounds, Penetrating / etiology*,  pathology*

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