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.
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%).
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.
Trauma; Animal-related injury; Emergency room.