A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy shows that in the United States, finger and thumb amputations account for the majority of the traumatic amputations among children. The study also found that these injuries result in more than $21 million in inpatient charges and 3,900 days of hospitalization annually. Many of the pediatric amputations are door-related. Doors are easily accessible to the exploring fingers of young children who are unaware of the potential dangers. Researchers recommend prevention strategies, such as installing doorstops and making door design modifications to help reduce the number of door-related amputations.

Additional Amputations Resources

  • Pediatric traumatic amputations and hospital resource utilization in the United States, 2003
How to prevent pediatric amputations.