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December 1987

Accidental Farm Injuries in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (Drs Swanson and Sachs), and Department of Pediatrics, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (Drs Dahlgren and Tinguely), Rochester, Minn. Dr Tinguely is now with the Department of Pediatrics, Fargo (ND) Clinic; Dr Dahlgren is now with Minneapolis Children's Medical Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(12):1276-1279. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120038029

• Eighty-seven children with 88 farm injuries presented to our emergency room room Rochester, Minn, from November 1974 to July 1985. Seventy-four accidents (84.1%) occured in boys, and 14 (15.9%) in girls. Ages ranged from 1 to 16 years. Farm machines involved included corn augers in 37 accidents (42.0%); tractors, 22 (25.0%); power takeoffs, ten (11.4%); conveyor belts, five (5.7%); and miscellaneous, 14 (15.9%). Fractures and lacerations were the most common injuries, occurring in 55 (62.5%) and 30 (34.1%), respectively. Significant longterm disability occurred in 36 (40.9%). Eleven children required multiple reconstructive surgical procedures; two died. Preventive measures that can be employed physicians, family members, educators, and legislators are discussed.

(AJDC 1987;141:1276-1279)