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WMJ reports look at hunting tree stand safety, changing face of hospital medicine

With Wisconsin’s nine-day firearm deer hunting season in November, and a five-month bow and arrow season from September to January, there are many hunters using tree stands and risking injury from falls. A study published in the latest issue of WMJ looked at the number and type of hunting tree-stand related injuries from 1999 to 2013.

The authors reviewed the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics’ trauma database and identified 117 patients who suffered trauma related to falls from tree stands. The patients were predominantly male with an average age of 45. Sixty-five (55%) patients suffered one or more spinal fractures, 44 had two or more spine fractures, and one patient had as many as nine fractures. A majority suffered additional injuries, including rib fractures, punctured lungs, pelvic and extremity fractures, and organ and head injuries.

A wide range of factors were found to have contributed to the falls, including minimal use of safety harnesses, which led the authors to conclude that the primary treatment for tree stand fall injuries is prevention. Read the full study here.

The current issue of WMJ also looks at the changing face of hospital medicine. In their brief report, authors S. Shiraz Hyder, MD, and Mary Amundson, MA, describe an innovative fellowship located in a rural, critical access hospital in North Dakota that also offers the fellows appointments at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program has been a very successful part of a workforce initiative focused on staffing rural hospitals with hospitalists.

Published by the Wisconsin Medical Society, WMJ is is a peer-reviewed publication devoted to the interests of the medical profession and health care in the Midwest. Click here to access the complete issue.

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