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J Hand Surg Br. 1998 Apr;23(2):196-200.

A regional audit of hand and wrist injuries. A study of 4873 injuries.

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Northern Ireland Plastic and Maxillo-facial Unit, the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, UK.


This study reports the characteristics, causes and disposal of isolated injuries to the hand and wrist presenting to six accident and emergency departments over a period of 4 months. The rate of isolated injury to the hand or wrist was 6.6%. The male: female ratio was 2.2: 1, with the mean age for injury being 26.4 years in men and 29.2 years in women. The modal age group for injury was 21-25 years in men and 11-15 years in women. The right and left hand were injured almost equally. The dominant hand was more commonly injured although this was influenced by the cause of injury: 16.3% were caused by a fall; 15% by sport; and 7% were work/machinery related. 13.3% were referred to specialities for further treatment.

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