Trauma in children due to wheeled recreational devices

Kaddis, Mina, Stockton, Kellie and Kimble, Roy (2016) Trauma in children due to wheeled recreational devices. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52 1: 30-33. doi:10.1111/jpc.12986


Author Kaddis, Mina
Stockton, Kellie
Kimble, Roy
Title Trauma in children due to wheeled recreational devices
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1754
1034-4810
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jpc.12986
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 52
Issue 1
Start page 30
End page 33
Total pages 4
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim
The aim of this study was to describe trauma in children secondary to the use of wheeled recreational devices (WRDs).

Methods
This study retrospectively described trauma secondary to use of WRDs sustained by children 16 years or younger over a period of 12 months at two tertiary paediatric hospitals in Brisbane, Queensland. Data were analysed from the Paediatric Trauma Registry at these two facilities. Data were also retrieved from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to provide information regarding deaths in Queensland from the use of WRDs for the period January 2004 to September 2013. Outcome measures included age, gender, types of injuries, Injury Severity Scores, admission to Intensive Care, and length of hospital stay for all hospital admissions greater than 24 h.

Results
A total number of 45 children were admitted with trauma relating to WRDs during the 12 months, representing 5.3% of all trauma admissions of greater than 24 h during this time period. Of these, 34 were male with a median age of 11.0 years (IQR = 9–13). Limbs accounted for the majority (54.5%) of injuries, with other common injuries being spine/cranial fractures (14.5%), lacerations (12.7%), internal organ injuries (9.1%), and intracranial bleeds (9.1%). There were six admissions to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and one death.

Conclusions
WRDs contribute significantly to injuries sustained by children. A large proportion of these injuries may be preventable, suggesting that mandating the use of protective equipment in Queensland may be of great benefit.
Keyword Protective device
Rollerblades
Rollerskates
Scooter
Skateboard
Trauma
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
Non HERDC
Admin only - CHRC
Child Health Research Centre Publications
 
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