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Table 4 Circumstances for the 287 injuries treated at a department for hand surgery

From: Hand injuries in an older population - a retrospective cohort study from a single hand surgery centre

Injury circumstances Women n = 146 Men n = 141 Total n = 287 P-value
Place for injury
 Outdoors 58 (40%) 37 (26%) 95 (33%) a 0.05
 Home/indoors 34 (23%) 32 (23%) 66 (23%) a0.92
 Carpentry/firewood handling 5 (3%) 29 (21%) 34 (12%) a < 0.01
 Work 0 12 (9%) 12 (4%)
 Bus, car motor cycle 7 (5%) 5 (4%) 12 (4%) a0.61
 Missing data 42 (29%) 26 (18%) 68 (24%) a0.07
Injury mechanism
 Fall 100 (68%) 53 (38%) 153 (54%) a < 0.01
 Cut or saw 16 (11%) 41 (29%) 57 (20%) a < 0.01
 Crush or avulsion 10 (7%) 21 (15%) 31 (11%) a 0.04
 Pull, punch, twist 7 (5%) 14 (10%) 21 (7%) a0.11
 Traffic 9 (6%) 6 (4%) 15 (5%) a0.48
 Bite 4 (3%) 6 (4%) 10 (3%) b0.49
Specific reason
 Tripping/stumbling/slipping 34 (23%) 29 (21%) 63 (22%) a0.62
 Power tool 6 (4%) 30 (21%) 36 (13%) a < 0.01
 Animal 11 (8%) 14 (10%) 25 (9%) a0.49
 Door/heavy object 8 (5%) 12 (9%) 20 (7%) a0.33
 Glass/other sharp object 8 (5%) 8 (6%) 16 (6%) a0.94
 Knife/axe/scissors 5 (3%) 9 (6%) 14 (5%) a0.26
 Missing data 74 (51%) 39 (28%) 113 (39%) a < 0.01
Other injuries
 Head (wound, contusion, fracture) 15 (10%) 10 (7%) 25 (9%) a0.36
 Costal or vertebral fracture/compression 2 (1%) 5 (4%) 7 (2%)
 Lower extremity fracture 4 (3%) 1 (1%) 5 (2%)
  1. Values are presented as number of patients (% of patient group) or median [25th – 75th percentiles]. P-values represent difference between men and women in number of patients affected by the use of a Pearson’s Chi-square test or b Fisher’s exact test (in small sample groups) for the categorical variables