Abdominal stab wounds in Israel, 1997-2004: Significant increase in overall incidence and prevalence of severe injury

Boris Kessel, Kobi Peleg, Yehuda Hershekovitz, Tawfik Khashan, Adi Givon, Itamar Ashkenazi, Ricardo Alfici

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Abstract

Background: Non-operative management following abdominal stab wounds is possible in selected patients who are both hemodynamically stable and do not have signs of peritonitis. However, the rate of failure of non-operative management is higher in Israel than in western countries. Objectives: To assess the patterns of injury following abdominal stabbing. Methods: Data from the Israeli Trauma Registry were used to identify all patients with abdominal stab injury admitted to eight different trauma centers between 1997 to 2004. Results: The number of patients admitted per year more than doubled between 1997 and 2004, from 257 to 599. The percentage of patients with severe injury (Index Severity Score ≥ 16) increased from 9.4% to 19.0%. The incidence of multiple stab injuries almost doubled, from 37% to 62%. Conclusions: Review of the data in the Israeli Trauma Registry indicates an increase in both absolute rate and relative incidence of serious stab injuries. This indicates that patterns of injury following stab wounds are not necessarily similar, not even within the same geographical area over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Knives
  • Non-operative management
  • Penetrating abdominal trauma
  • Stab wound
  • Trauma registry

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