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Document ID (ISN)60072
CIS number 93-889
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goetting A.T., Carson J., Burton B.T.
Title Freon injection injury to the hand - A report of four cases
Bibliographic information Aug. 1992, Vol.34, No.8, p.775-778. Illus. 8 ref.
Abstract In each of these cases, workers in the athletic shoe manufacturing industry inadvertently injected concentrated hexafluoroethane into a finger while holding the shoe component and attempting to inject hexafluoroethane. Each case presented symptoms of oedema, limitation of motion, and crepitation. Hand roentgenogrammes revealed subcutaneous gas. Treatment was non-surgical, consisting of splinting, tetanus immunisation, and antibiotics. Rapid resolution of symptoms occurred in all four cases. Hexafluoroethane is relatively inert when injected and has low toxicity. However, potential rapid gaseous expansion warrants observation for pressure injury.
Descriptors (primary) hexafluoroethane; hand injuries; injection injuries
Descriptors (secondary) case study; shoe industry; medical treatment; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Machinery and tools
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Halogenated hydrocarbons