Snow blower hand injury
Sustained hand injury while clearing snow from sidewalk.
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Multiple displaced and non displaced parallel transverse fracture involving the second, third and fourth phalanges of the right hand.
The second and third proximal phalanx fractures demonstrate full shaft width posterior displacement of the distal aspect.
Majority of snow blower injuries involved injuries to the hand, and ranges from lacerations to amputations.
Most of those injuries occurred while attempting to clear jammed snow from the machine and were subsequently struck by the moving auger blade, resulting in an amputation, laceration, or fracture of the hand, fingers, or both.
Even when the engine is off, often the blades are recoiled and once the jammed snow has been dislodge, the blades can uncoil rapidly.
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