The domestic washing machine: a common cause of electrical burn

The domestic washing machine: a common cause of electrical burn The dependence of the domestic washing machine on electricity makes it a potential source of an electric shock that can therefore lead to a burn. The aim of this report is to present a typical case of a washing machine burn and analyse their frequency and circumstances. Using a database, patients who had sustained a burn from a washing machine in a 2.8 year period were identified and the case notes obtained for review. Washing machine burns accounted for 12% of all electrical burns and 22% of all electrical domestic burns. All patients were males who had been attempting to repair a faulty machine. Six of the ten patients required surgical treatment. Despite numerous safety features, washing machines are a common cause of electrical burn, and methods of prevention of such injury need to be addressed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

The domestic washing machine: a common cause of electrical burn

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-003-0578-6
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Abstract

The dependence of the domestic washing machine on electricity makes it a potential source of an electric shock that can therefore lead to a burn. The aim of this report is to present a typical case of a washing machine burn and analyse their frequency and circumstances. Using a database, patients who had sustained a burn from a washing machine in a 2.8 year period were identified and the case notes obtained for review. Washing machine burns accounted for 12% of all electrical burns and 22% of all electrical domestic burns. All patients were males who had been attempting to repair a faulty machine. Six of the ten patients required surgical treatment. Despite numerous safety features, washing machines are a common cause of electrical burn, and methods of prevention of such injury need to be addressed.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 1, 2004

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