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Microscooter injuries in the paediatric population

Aslam, N., Gwilym, S. E., Apostolou, C., Birch, N., Natarajan, R. and Ribbans, W. J. (2004) Microscooter injuries in the paediatric population. European Journal of Emergency Medicine. 11(3), pp. 148-150. 0969-9546.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Objectives: To illustrate the types of injuries seen by the accident and emergency department as a result of the use of non-motorized 'microscooters' in children, and to increase awareness of scooter-related triplane fractures of the ankle. Study design: A retrospective study conducted in an accident and emergency department of a district general hospital on all children who had a scooter-related limb injury over a 6-month period and were referred for orthopaedic review. Methods: The analysis involved a case note review. Information recorded included the injury sustained, protective equipment worn at the time of the accident and management by the orthopaedic team. Results: Scooter injuries accounted for 10 fractures in this period. There were three 'triplanar' injuries, which required operative fixation, and three injuries requiring manipulation under anaesthesia. No protective gear was worn by any of the patients. Conclusion: The popularity of microscooters seems to represent a significant risk of bony injury in the paediatric population. Medical personnel who manage acute paediatric trauma should be aware of scooter-related triplanar ankle injuries
Additional Information: UoA 12, RAE 2008
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery > RD93 Wounds and injuries > RD93.5 Children
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC86 Medical emergencies. Critical care. Intensive care. First aid
R Medicine > RD Surgery > RD562 Ankles
Creators: Aslam, N, Gwilym, S E , Apostolou, C , Birch, N, Natarajan, R and Ribbans, William J
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: 1 June 2004
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 148-150
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume: 11
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0969-9546
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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