Nov 30, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: We all know not to put our hands in snow blowers while they're running, but a snow blower can hurt you really badly even when it's not on. Dr. Troy Madsen's an emergency room physician. Tell me what you see in the ER for snow blower injuries.

Dr. Madsen: Well, this may be a surprising thing because it really surprised me the first time I saw it. Because we all think, let's say you're using a snow blower, you get this heavy wet snow built up in there, the snow blower's not working anymore, you turn it off. You think, "I've got to reach in there, get this snow out to unclog the blade." That blade's under tension. It's tightened up. I've seen several times, people have reached in there with their hand, they pull that heavy wet snow out, the blade flips, it takes off a finger, tears part of the skin off.

My recommendation is, if that ever happens to you, don't put your hand in there. Get a stick. Get a small shovel. Use that to clear the snow out to avoid any sort of hand injury from a snow blower.

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