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Louise Chang, MD
April 12, 2007 -- Nail gun injuries send nearly 37,000 people per year to
hospitals, and do-it-yourselfers may be particularly at risk, according to new
The CDC today reported that the number of consumers seeking emergency
treatment at hospitals for nail gun injuries rose 200% from 1991 to 2005.
That trend is likely due to the increase in the availability of nail guns at
home hardware stores, but no sales data are available to confirm that, notes
Workers and consumers should make sure that their nail gun has a safety
feature called a sequential-trip trigger, says the CDC in a news release.
The CDC also says additional training material on nail gun safety should be
provided wherever nail guns are sold and rented.
The new statistics come from hospital emergency rooms nationwide.
Data from 2001 to 2005 show that most nail gun injuries -- 60% -- occurred
Most nail gun injuries occur in men, affect the upper body, and include
puncture wounds, bone fractures, and eye injuries, according to the
The findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
SOURCES: CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 13, 2007;
vol 56: pp 329-332. News release, CDC.
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