Injuries to the hand and wrist. A study of 50,272 injuries

J Hand Surg Br. 1993 Oct;18(5):642-4. doi: 10.1016/0266-7681(93)90024-a.


This study reports the causes, characteristics and treatment of injuries to the hand and wrist presented to five accident and emergency departments in a 2-year survey of 13% of the Danish population. The rate of injury to the hand or wrist was 28.6% of all injuries, or 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants per year. 34% of the accidents were domestic, 35% were leisure accidents, 26% were occupational and 5% were traffic accidents. Only 2% of the patients were admitted to hospital for further treatment or observation and 13% were referred to a hospital as outpatients. The most frequent causes for admission were fractures (42%), tendon lesions (29%) and wounds (12%).

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Hand Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outpatients
  • Patient Admission
  • Wrist Injuries / epidemiology*