Kick Scooter Injuries in Children and Adolescents : Minor Fractures and Bruise

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Unkuri , J H , Salminen , P , Kallio , P & Kosola , S 2018 , ' Kick Scooter Injuries in Children and Adolescents : Minor Fractures and Bruise ' , Scandinavian Journal of Surgery , vol. 107 , no. 4 , pp. 350-355 .

Title: Kick Scooter Injuries in Children and Adolescents : Minor Fractures and Bruise
Author: Unkuri, J. H.; Salminen, P.; Kallio, P.; Kosola, S.
Contributor organization: Children's Hospital
Lastenkirurgian yksikkö
HUS Children and Adolescents
Date: 2018-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
ISSN: 1457-4969
Abstract: Background: Kick scooters are popular among children in both transportation and recreational activities. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the incidence of and injury patterns associated with kick scooter accidents in school-aged children and adolescents. Methods: All 171 patients at the age of 7-15 years who were treated for kick scooter-related injuries in the metropolitan Helsinki area, Southern Finland from January 2008 to December 2013 were included. Electronic medical records were reviewed and Pediatric Trauma Scores and Injury Severity Scores were utilized to assess the injuries. Results: The annual number of patients increased from 7 in 2008 to 55 in 2013. Almost all patients (94%, n = 161) were injured after a fall from their own height. Most patients (n = 118; 69%) were diagnosed with a fracture but only 26 patients (15%) required surgical procedures under general anesthesia. Pediatric Trauma Scores were low and only one patient had an Injury Severity Score > 15 which can be considered major trauma. Conclusion: Most injuries acquired from kick scooter injuries were easily treatable fractures and bruises. Considering the background population of 105,000 in the respective age group and the 6-year period of data collection from tertiary care, scooting seems a safe means of increasing the physical activity levels of school-aged children and adolescents.
Subject: Kick scooter
3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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