206077 Pediatric injuries associated with the use of children's wagons in the United States, 2002 through ‎‎2007.‎

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bart Hammig, PhD, MPH , Community Health Promotion, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Jean Henry, PhD , Health Science Program, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Objective: To examine injuries among children treated in an emergency department related to use of ‎a children's wagon. ‎

Methods: Data were obtained from the 2002 through 2007 National Electronic Injury Surveillance ‎System. National estimates of emergency department visits associated with the use of a children's ‎wagon were analyzed among children aged birth through 6 years in the United States.‎

Results: From 2002 through 2007, there were an estimated 24,339 visits for injuries related to the ‎use of children's wagons among children aged birth through 6 years, with an average annual injury ‎visit rate of 14.5 per 100,000. Among injured children, 12% presented with a fracture and 17% ‎presented with a closed head injury, most of which were treated and released. The most frequently ‎cited body part injured was the head (40%); while the arm/wrist/hand was the most common body ‎site to receive a fracture injury (48%). Boys had a higher injury visit rate than girls, and the majority ‎of the patients (97%) were treated and released from the ED.‎

Conclusions: The injury patterns noted in this study are similar to those found with other wheeled ‎vehicles/toys. More detailed information on the circumstances surrounding wagon injuries, as well as ‎a better understanding of the patterns of play associated with wagons, would be helpful in ‎designing effective risk reduction strategies. ‎

Learning Objectives:
After reviewing the poster presentation, at least 50% of conference attendees will be able to describe injury patterns among children associated with the use of toy wagons.

Keywords: Pediatrics, Emergency Department/Room

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a faculty member at a research institution
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.