Steam press hand burns: A serious burn injury

Julia A. Woods, Andrew T. Cobb, David B. Drake, Richard F. Edlich

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Steam presses cause full-thickness burns when the operator's extremity is caught between the buck and the head of the steam press. Patients with serious steam press burns should be referred to a regional burn center for excision of the full-thickness burn and coverage by either a split-thickness skin graft or a flap. The safety features in steam presses that could prevent this serious injury include: (1) emergency safety releases, (2) peripheral safety bars, and (3) two-hand operator control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-360
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • burn
  • emergency safety releases
  • prevention
  • safety bar
  • steam presses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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