Fodder Machine Scalp Avulsion in Females An Unintentional, Preventable Injury

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Author(s): Farhat ul Ann Tayyaba,1 Abdul Munaf Saud,2 Zahid Tayyab,3 Javeria Mahmood,4 Saliha Zafer,5 Akusha Amber

Received: 31/01/2022 | Published: 27/02/2022 | Pages: 24-34 |

Background: Mortality and morbidity caused by agriculture related injuries are more common as compared to other occupational injuries. These preventable injuries are on a rise due to increased availability of high power equipment. This is a great concern in a country like Pakistan, where up to 40% of taskforce is involved in agriculture related activities. Objectives: The objective of this study is to see spectrum of scalp trauma due to agricultural injury. Methodology: This retrospective study was carried out at department of plastic surgery, Quaid-e-Azam medical college, Bahawalpur. 43 patients were referred from neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and general surgery wards, 5 females were directly presented to plastic surgery ward. All selected patients were divided into 3 groups according to severity of scalp injuries they received, and were managed accordingly. Patients were further evaluated on follow -up visits. Results:A total of 48 patientswere included in the study of these five patients presented directly to plastic surgery OPD, whereas the remaining 43 were referred from other departments. In patients included in group A & B the average duration of stay was 60 days whereas in patients of group C this stay increased to 3 to 4 months. All the patients were successfully treated and discharged home after completing their sessions. Conclusion: Scalp injuries in our rural settings could be avoided by improving community education. Such injuries are economic burden not only on poor patients but also on healthcare system.

Keywords | scalp injuries, community education, law making.