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Pattern and severity of injuries in micro-scooter related accidents

Abstract

Objectives: To examine the pattern and severity of injuries sustained by children following micro-scooter (MS) accidents, and to document the extent of use of protective clothing in these accidents.

Methods: Prospective data collection on all children with MS related accidents from January to June 2001. Demographic data were collected, including the mechanism of injury, place of accident, use of protective clothing, extent of injuries, and injury management. Injury severity score was calculated for each child.

Results: A total of 92 children with 104 injuries were seen during the study period. Male and female sex distribution was similar. The pattern of injuries was similar to those from roller blading accidents. Soft tissue injuries constitute 79.8% (83 of 104) and fractures 20.1% (21 of 104). Injuries of the upper limb particularly the wrists were commonest for both soft tissue and fractures. The mean ISS (SD) was 2.08 (2.31) with a range of 1 to 18. No deaths were recorded during the study period and all the head injuries seen were minor in nature. None of our patients wore any protective clothing, and almost all accidents occurred in public places.

Conclusions: MS related injuries are on the increase. Currently, the manufacturers' advice on use of protective clothing is being ignored. Parents and riders of the MS need be to be educated about the related injuries. The use of protective clothing should be encouraged to reduce injuries.

  • micro-scooters
  • injury
  • MS, micro-scooter
  • ISS, injury severity score

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