Traumatic noncombat-related hand injuries in U.S. troops in the combat zone

Mil Med. 2011 Jun;176(6):652-5. doi: 10.7205/milmed-d-10-00408.


Background: The epidemiology of traumatic, nonbattle, Combat Zone hand injuries has not been well explored.

Methods: This was a retrospective chart review of Emergency Department visits occurring at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad Iraq.

Results: During the 24-month period from May 2007 to June 2009, 7,520 patients were seen at the Ibn Sina Hospital Emergency Department. Three hundred thirty-one cases met the inclusion criteria. Seventy-four cases were found to have required near-term evacuation from area of operation.

Conclusions: Traumatic, nonbattle hand injuries are common and appear to be a significant problem in the Combat Zone. Injuries occurring because of the closure of vehicle doors, hatches, and turrets make up a large portion of these injuries and represent an optimal area of intervention for possible injury mitigation.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Hand Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United States
  • Violence
  • Young Adult