J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1976 Mar;11(1):34-44. 10.4055/jkoa.1976.11.1.34.

Treatment of Non-Fatal Industrial Injuries


Injuries in the industries has been steadily increasing in this country in recent years. Injuries in the industries intricate in accoriance with the industrial environment, mechanism of injuries and the other factors of employees. In 6 years 201 patients with industrial injuries underwent treatment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the National Medical Center, and the result of treatment is reported in this paper. 1. 70 cases out of 201 cases were in the age group between 21 to 30 year. 186 cases were male and 15 were female. The incidence is remarkably higher in male. 2. In 80 cases the injuries were caused by machinery with pressor parts. The patients were chiefly manual workers in factories. 3. Of 280 injuries, 148 (62.8%) were upper extremities, 105 (37.5%) were lower extremities and 27 (96%) were trunks. The most common site of injuries was hand. 4 Of 146 injuries with fractures, 94 were treated by manual reduction and cast, and 52 were treated by open reduction. 5. Treatment for open wounds was debridement followed by delayed primary closure and/or skin graft. The primarily closed open wounds by local clinics were observed and treated according to wound condition. 6, 17 cases out of 22 phalangeal bone fractures were treated by manual reduction and splint. 5 cases were treated by K-wire internal fixation, among them 3 cases had to be treated by amputation. 7. Incidence of early camplication was considerably high with 137 sites out of 280 sites and the late complication was 79 sites after treatment of the early complications.

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