Clinical Brief

Treatment of High Velocity Paint Gun Injury of the Hand*



Paint guns which force paint through small openings at high pressures (from 1,500 lb to 3,000 lb per square inch) have been in use for several years. Many cases in which careless workers have accidentally sprayed paint at high velocity into their hands have been documented by Stark and associates,1 Nahigian,2 and Workman.3 These authors suggest immediate operation with debridement of the devitalized tissue, removal of the paint, immobilization of the hand in the position of function, prophylactic antibiotics and antitetanus immunization.

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