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Hand Surgery News: New Table Saw Safety Rules Proposed

Posted by floriza in Hand Surgery

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing rules that are aimed at making table saws safer, which should reduce the need for hand surgery. Statistics show that there are more than 67,000 injuries due to blade accidents every year. The cost of these injuries is in excess of $2 billion annually. These statistics were obtained from a CPSC study conducted in 2007 and 2008.

The study found that every day, table saws cause an average of 30 injuries, most from fractures and amputations.

The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is allowing the public to make comments about the risks of table saws.

When is Hand Surgery Necessary?

The hands are a complicated physical mechanism with a number of joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bones that all must work in concert with one another in order for the hands to do all the things they do for us. If one part of the hand is injured, it can sometimes affect the functioning of the entire hand.

Hand surgery is performed for a number of problems, and there are surgeons who specialize in correcting injuries and deformities of the hands. These issues include not just the hands, but the fingers, wrists, and even the forearms.

Hand surgery is also performed on people with repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or in people with congenital deformities and illnesses that affect the joints, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

What is Hand Surgery?

Hand surgery is a specialized kind of orthopedic surgery that is often performed on people who are injured in table saw accidents. It is also performed on people who injure their hands, wrists, fingers, or forearms in other types of construction accidents, sports, car accidents, fires, etc.

Hand surgeons are experienced with repairing damage to the various parts of the hand and restoring function whenever possible. Hand therapists are also often employed after surgery to perform specific physical therapy exercises with the patient in an effort to regain optimal functioning.

The surgery sometimes includes grafting skin, as well as soft tissue, nerves, and bones. Replantation of fingers is often involved in table saw accidents that have resulted in accidental amputations. Modern technology and surgical techniques have made it possible for restoration of hand function in a number of difficult cases.

If you need hand surgery in New Jersey, you will probably receive care at a medical center or hospital in Newark, Summit, or Trenton.

 

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