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Pediatric emergency department care of children injured by motor vehicles: report of a series of 134 cases

Torre Monmany N, Panzino Occhiuzzo F, Trenchs Sainz De La Maza V, Luaces I Cubells C

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Servicio de Urgencias. Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. Barcelona, Spain.

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Torre Monmany N, Panzino Occhiuzzo F, Trenchs Sainz De La Maza V, Luaces I Cubells C. Pediatric emergency department care of children injured by motor vehicles: report of a series of 134 cases. Emergencias. 2011;23:468-70

Summary

We describe the type of injuries our hospital’s pediatric emergency department treats

in children run over by motor vehicles, estimate morbidity and mortality, and to assess

the utility of information recorded in the department. This was a retrospective

descriptive study of patients under the age of 18 years who were treated between

February 2005 and June 2006. Of the 134 patients (ratio of boys to girls, 1.6:1;

median age, 8.8 years), 94.1% were run over by cars in the city ; 32.1% of the

accidents occurred in summer and 45.8% occurred between the hours of 5:00 and

8:00 P.M. Ninety-seven percent of the children sustained injuries; 91% of the injuries

were not serious. The injuries were located on the extremities (70.1%) and head

(37%); 67.2% were contusions and 34.3% were brain injuries. The department

admitted 23.9% of the children; mortality was 1.5%. Information recorded by the

emergency department helped define the profile of injuries of this type that can be

expected. Injuries are often near vital structures. We conclude that it would be

justifiable to reinforce prevention in the summertime as well as after school and

working hours.

 

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