An Overview of Animal-Related Injuries

Avcı S., Yıldırım A. C.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE OPEN, vol.4, no.1, pp.17-19, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.17140/emoj-4-149
  • Journal Indexes: Index Copernicus
  • Page Numbers: pp.17-19
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: No


Aim This present study aimed to evaluate a group of patients living in a rural area admitted to emergency room due to animal-related injury and to evaluate this issue from a general point of view. Material and Methods The study included 34 patients between the dates April 2015 and April 2017. The injury caused by donkey, horse, and cattle was considered animal-related injury. The demographic features, blood tests, imaging tests, hospitalization status and outcomes of patients were evaluated retrospectively. Results Of the 34 patients, 32(94.1%) were male. The mean age of the patients was 27.56±21.72 (min:5-max:83). The youngest patient was five and the oldest one was 83-years-old. Three patients were over 65-years. Eight of the patients (23.5%) were hospitalized. The average hospitalization day of the patients was 4.53±3.46 (min:0-max:10). Acute pathology was detected on cranial tomography six of the patients (17.6%). None of the patients had pathology on cervical tomography. Acute pathology was detected on thoracic tomography five of the patients (14.7%). Acute pathology was detected on abdominal tomography four of the patients (11.8%). Conclusion In conclusion, people living in rural areas should be informed about animal-related injuries. The arrangements should be made to prevent these injuries in rural areas. Keywords Trauma; Animal-related injury; Emergency room.