Paediatric treadmill friction injuries

Jeremijenko, Luke, Mott, Jonathan, Wallis, Belinda and Kimble, Roy (2009) Paediatric treadmill friction injuries. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 45 5: 310-312. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01329.x

Author Jeremijenko, Luke
Mott, Jonathan
Wallis, Belinda
Kimble, Roy
Title Paediatric treadmill friction injuries
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1034-4810
Publication date 2009-05
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01329.x
Volume 45
Issue 5
Start page 310
End page 312
Total pages 3
Place of publication Oxford, NSW, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 321216 Health Promotion
320100 Medicine - General
321019 Paediatrics
920409 Injury Control
920501 Child Health
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Formatted abstract
Aim: The aim of this study was to report on the severity and incidence of children injured by treadmills and to promote the implementation of safety standards.
Method: This retrospective review of children with treadmill friction injuries was conducted in a single tertiary-level burns centre in Australia between January 1997 and June 2007.
Results: The study revealed 37 children who sustained paediatric treadmill friction injuries. This was a presentation of 1% of all burns. Thirty-three (90%) of the injuries occurred in the last 3.5 years (January 2004 to June 2007). The modal age was 3.2 years. Thirty-three (90%) injuries were either full thickness or deep partial friction burns. Eleven (30%) required split thickness skin grafts. Of those who became entrapped, 100% required skin grafting.
Conclusion: This study found that paediatric treadmill friction injuries are severe and increasing in incidence. Australian standards should be developed, implemented and mandated to reduce this preventable and severe injury.
Keyword Burn
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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