Trauma in the Agricultural Setting

Gideon Letz and James E. Lessenger

Key words: mechanisms of injury, agents of injury, prehospital care, trauma care systems

By the very nature of the industry, traumatic injuries in agriculture are common and difficult to treat. In the agricultural environment, the worker is exposed to a number of hazards, well documented in other chapters of this book. The work is hard and demanding and often carried out under unfavorable and harsh weather conditions.

This chapter will document the scope of injuries in worldwide agriculture, roadblocks to timely and competent treatment, systems for medical response to traumatic injuries, and systems for returning the injured worker back to the workplace. Prevention of injuries is discussed in Chapters 4, 5, and 6.

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