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Injuries from lawn mowers are among the most traumatic seen at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. They are devastating to patients and their families.
Children’s Hospital physicians have already treated two children seriously injured by lawn mower-related accidents this spring, and there were six in 2012. Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Coordinator, said injuries include lacerations to lower extremities, and in some cases amputation of fingers, she said.
Steven Lovejoy, M.D., a Vanderbilt orthopedic surgeon, said there are three common types of lawn mower injuries: bystanders who fall, slide or trip into the path of a mower; older children who are operating the lawn mower and get their fingers or toes cut off from the blades, or those who have roll-over injuries; and passengers of any age who slip or fall from a riding mower into the path of the blades.
“Many people do not realize that a mower can throw an object up to 2,100 feet at 200 mph into a child who is playing in the yard and cause severe injuries or death,” Lovejoy said. “These are powerful vehicles that are dangerous to children and can cause devastating injuries.”
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital offers the following tips to help reduce the risk of a lawn mower injury: