Drug and alcohol use in emergency hand patients

Douglas T. Hutchinson, Michael A McClinton, E. F. Shaw Wilgis, Nancy Frisk-Millner

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Two hundred eleven adult emergency hand patients were prospectively tested over a 1-year period for drug and alcohol use. On admission, blood and urine samples were sent for quantitative alcohol and qualitative toxicology screens, respectively. In 44% of all patients tests were positive for one or more drugs or alcohol. Tests were positive in 43% of those with traumatic injuries. Of patients injured on the job, 33% had positive tests. Tests were positive in 63% of those patients with hand infections. One third of the patients with positive toxicology screens were multiple drug users. These findings have obvious implications for the patient, the physician, and society as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-577
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Emergencies
Hand
Alcohols
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Toxicology
Drug Users
Urine
Physicians
Wounds and Injuries
Infection

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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Drug and alcohol use in emergency hand patients. / Hutchinson, Douglas T.; McClinton, Michael A; Shaw Wilgis, E. F.; Frisk-Millner, Nancy.

In: Journal of Hand Surgery, Vol. 17, No. 3, 1992, p. 576-577.

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Hutchinson, DT, McClinton, MA, Shaw Wilgis, EF & Frisk-Millner, N 1992, 'Drug and alcohol use in emergency hand patients', Journal of Hand Surgery, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 576-577. https://doi.org/10.1016/0363-5023(92)90374-X
Hutchinson, Douglas T. ; McClinton, Michael A ; Shaw Wilgis, E. F. ; Frisk-Millner, Nancy. / Drug and alcohol use in emergency hand patients. In: Journal of Hand Surgery. 1992 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 576-577.
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