Hand injuries in young children from contact with vacuum cleaners

Emerg Med J. 2002 Jan;19(1):80-1. doi: 10.1136/emj.19.1.80.


Objectives: To assess the incidence of injuries to young children sustained by contact with a domestic vacuum cleaner and to highlight the potential for significant injury. An increase in public awareness of these risks might result in a reduction in morbidity.

Methods: Over a period of one year, all children attending with an injury sustained because of contact with a domestic vacuum cleaner had review of their case notes by the author.

Results: Four children were identified as having sustained friction burns to a hand after contact with a vacuum cleaner. All required treatment and several review appointments before satisfactory resolution was achieved.

Conclusions: Although the number of cases seen was small, the potential for significant injury must be emphasised and public awareness increased in an attempt to reduce morbidity.

MeSH terms

  • Burns / etiology*
  • Female
  • Hand Injuries / etiology*
  • Household Articles*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male