Original Article

European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 113-115

First online:

Civilian injuries due to unexploded ordnance in military training areas in southern Israel

  • G. ShakedAffiliated withDepartment of General Surgery, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Email author 
  • , G. BeckAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , G. SebbagAffiliated withDepartment of General Surgery, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , A. YitzhakAffiliated withDepartment of General Surgery, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , A. ZlotnikAffiliated withDepartment of Anesthesiology, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , D. CzeigerAffiliated withDepartment of General Surgery, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Abstract

Background

The problem of unexploded ordnance (UXO) is global and is usually associated with active or former war zones. Civilian injuries due to UXO in military training areas are not common.

Methods

This is a retrospective case series study based on prospectively collected data on patients who sustained injuries from UXO explosions and were admitted to the Soroka University Trauma Center during a five-year period.

Results

Twelve patients were included in this series. All patients were Bedouin and the distribution of injuries was concentrated around the head and upper and lower extremities, with sparing of the torso.

Conclusion

Awareness and implementation of preventive measures are expected to reduce the incidence of this type of injury.

Keywords

Unexploded ordnance Trauma Prevention Military training areas Explosion