The incidence of injuries caused by ingesting wire bristles from grill brushes are examined, and physicians and consumers are advised to take notice before the summer grilling season.
Researchers from the American Academy of Otolaryngology reviewed literature and used the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the consumer reported injury database SaferProducts.gov to estimate emergency department visits for wire bristle injuries between 2002 and 2014.
‘Wire bristles cause injuries most commonly in the oral cavity and the oropharynx which include the throat and tonsils.’
The study's authors estimated 1698 cases presented to emergency departments in that time but caution that the estimate doesn't include cases presenting at urgent care facilities or other outpatient settings. Lead author C.W. David Chang said that the issue is likely under reported and thus underappreciated.
Because of the uncommon nature of wire bristle injuries, people may not be as mindful about the dangers and implications. Awareness among emergency department physicians, radiologists, and otolaryngologists is particularly important so that appropriate tests and examinations can be conducted.
The most common location of injury was the oral cavity and the oropharynx which includes the throat and tonsils. In all databases, injuries involving the esophagus and head and neck were more frequent than abdominal injuries. The research appears in the journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery