Many lawn mower injury victims develop major infections from soil and grass contamination, prolonging their hospital treatment, according to a review in the May 1996 Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Researchers reviewed medical records of lawn mower injuries between January 1993 and July 1994 at a Texas hospital. Three of the five victims treated developed major infection (two with bone or joint involvement). All five required several surgical irrigation and debridement procedures; four patients needed reconstructive surgery.

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