ePlasty: Vol. 8
Nail-Gun Injuries to the Hand
Yvonne N. Pierpont, MD, Effie Pappas-Politis, MD, Deepak K. Naidu, MD, R. Emerick Salas, MD, Erika L. Johnson, BA, and Wyatt G. Payne, MD

Institute for Tissue Regeneration, Repair, and Rehabilitation, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines, Florida, and Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa


Correspondence: wyatt.payne@med.va.gov

Background: The nail gun is a commonly utilized tool in carpentry and construction. When used properly with appropriate safety precautions, it can facilitate production and boost efficiency; however, this powerful tool also has the potential to cause serious injury. The most common site of nail-gun injuries in both industrial and nonoccupational settings is the hand. Materials and Methods: We report on two patients with nail-gun injuries to the hand. A review of the literature and discussion of clinical evaluation and treatment of nail-gun injuries to the hand are presented. Results: Two patients present with soft tissue injuries to the hand with the nail embedded and intact at the injury site. Operative removal of the nail and wound care resulted in successful treatment in both cases. Nail-gun injuries to the hand vary in severity on the basis of the extent of structural damage. Treatment is based on the severity of injury and the presence and location of barbs on the penetrating nail. Conclusion: Healthcare provid .......