Incidence and nature of farm-related injuries among Pennsylvania Amish children: Implications for education

Crystal L. Hubler, Judith E. Hupcey

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Introduction: Farming is a dangerous occupation and results in injuries not only to farm workers, but also to families living on farms. Children raised on a farm are at particular risk because the farm is a place where they live, play, and work. Farming is the main Amish occupation, and because Amish farming techniques differ from those used on other US farms, it is important that health care providers recognize the causes of injuries that may occur on Amish farms. However, little is documented about farm-related injuries in Amish children, so we decided to document the incidence and nature of these injuries in Pennsylvania. Methods: This study was done by reviewing the Die Botschaft, a weekly newspaper written by the Amish. All references to farm-related injuries among children in Pennsylvania were recorded. Results: During a 5-month period, a total of 89 injuries, including 5 fatalities, were found: male children sustained 64 injuries, and female children sustained 25 injuries. Falls were the most commonly reported mechanism of injury, followed by incidents involving livestock. Both types of events most often resulted in an orthopedic injury. Discussion: Injury to children in the Amish community is a significant problem that needs to be addressed and evaluated by the Amish themselves and in coordination with other health care providers, including emergency nurses. With the information obtained in this study, injury prevention strategies tailored to the Amish way of farming could be developed and implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-288
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Emergency Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency


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