Original Article

Demography and Clinical Consequences of Trauma-Related Amputations in the Emergency Department Short

Trauma, amputation, emergency medicine

  • Sedat Koçak
  • Birsen Ertekin
  • Esma Erdemir
  • Abdullah Sadık Girişgin
  • Başar Cander

Received Date: 05.03.2012 Accepted Date: 26.06.2012 Eurasian J Emerg Med 2013;12(4):205-210


Total or subtotal traumatic extremity amputations constitute a considerable portion of trauma-related emergency department admissions. In this study, we aimed to establish the patients’ age group, educational level and occupational group in which trauma-related extremity amputations are more frequently performed.

Material and Methods:

Cases presenting to our Emergency Department between August 2006 and August 2008, in whom traumatic extremity amputations were performed were prospectively studied. The data that were recorded on a study form, which included age, sex, educational level, occupation, mechanism of the trauma and hospitalization duration, underwent evaluation.


The data of 309 subjects were evaluated in this study. The mean age of the patients was 29±17.9, with 18.1% of the subjects being female and 81.9% being of male gender. 41.1% of the cases were laborers, 23.6% were self-employed in various fields, and 9.4% were farmers. With respect to the method of trauma in the majority of the amputations, industrial injuries accounted for 65.7%, finger jamming (door-related) accounted for 17.2%, and home injuries accounted for 8.7%. Finger amputation was identified in 93.4%, toe amputation in 4.4%, and “others” in 2.2%.


Traumatic amputation concerns particularly children, youths, and people of low educational level with an active work life. The most frequently affected body parts are the fingers.

Keywords: Trauma, amputation, emergency medicine