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J Emerg Med. 2018 Sep;55(3):402-404. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2018.04.059. Epub 2018 May 26.

Polytrauma from Unintentional Pressure Cooker Explosion: A Case Report.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington.
2
Department of Neurosurgical Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.
3
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pressure cookers are common kitchen appliances with a good safety record and only rare associated explosions.

CASE REPORT:

Here we present a case of unintentional pressure cooker explosion leading to polytrauma with injuries including pneumothorax, intracranial hemorrhage, open skull fracture, and multiple facial fractures. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: Extreme forces and temperatures are involved in pressure cooking. Given the infrequent but real risk of mechanical failure and the increasing use of such devices to create intentional explosions, emergency physicians should be aware of the potentially significant blast injuries that can be associated with them.

KEYWORDS:

blast injury; pressure cooker

PMID:
29843928
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2018.04.059
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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