[Accidents Caused by Gardening - Trivial or Serious? 5-Year Retrospective Analysis at the University Emergency Department Berne].

Schaudt, Jil; Ziegenhorn, Stephan; Lienert, Jasmin; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis; Klukowska-Rötzler, Jolanta (2019). [Accidents Caused by Gardening - Trivial or Serious? 5-Year Retrospective Analysis at the University Emergency Department Berne]. Praxis, 108(10), pp. 665-672. Hogrefe 10.1024/1661-8157/a003284

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Accidents Caused by Gardening - Trivial or Serious? 5-Year Retrospective Analysis at the University Emergency Department Berne Abstract. Gardening is a popular leisure activity in Switzerland. Approximately 1 million non-occupational accidents are recorded each year; 600,000 of these occur at home or in pursuit of a hobby, including approx. 16,000 accidents while gardening. The aim of this study is to investigate gardening-related accidents. The data for this study were generated from the database of the management system of Berne University Hospital, Switzerland, and retrospectively analyzed. Patients were enrolled who were at least 16 years old - since younger patients in Switzerland are normally treated in specialised Emergency Departments for Paediatrics. The study was restricted to patients who suffered an accident that resulted in physical impairment while working in their own garden. The data were then analysed based on age, sex, triage category, mechanism, causing object, lesion site, diagnoses, severity of injury (monotraumatic or combined with more than one region or polytrauma), in-patient or out-patient treatment. Gardening-related accidents were mainly suffered by middle aged adults (40-69 years). Men were more often affected than women. At consultation, the injury was mostly monotraumatic and could be treated in an out-patient setting. Patients mainly complained of eye injuries and lacerations. The exposed areas of the eyes, fingers and the head or face were the most affected body regions. Falls and stumbling often led to accidents. Injuries were mainly caused by organic material or by the improper use of gardening tools. The data analysis showed that many injuries could have been avoided by simple preventive measures.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Ziegenhorn, Stephan; Lienert, Jasmin Sumiko; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis and Klukowska-Rötzler, Jolanta

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1661-8157

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

German

Submitter:

Romana Saredi

Date Deposited:

16 Dec 2019 09:08

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2019 09:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/1661-8157/a003284

PubMed ID:

31387504

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Gardening Gartenarbeit Jardinage Notfall Unfall Verletzung accident blessures emergency injury urgences

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.136534

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/136534

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