Child Injuries From Falling TVs Are Increasing in the U.S.
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MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of pediatric injuries caused by falling televisions (TVs) is increasing in the United States, according to research published online July 22 in Pediatrics.
In an effort to investigate TV-related pediatric injuries in the United States from 1990 through 2011, Ana C. De Roo, of The Ohio State University in Columbus, and colleagues analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for children younger than 18 years who were treated in hospital emergency departments.
The researchers found that about 380,885 children younger than 18 years received treatment in emergency departments for a TV-related injury during the 22-year study period, for an average of 17,313 children injured per year. The median age of children involved in TV-related injuries was 3 years; 64.3 percent of the patients were children younger than 5 years and the majority of patients (60.8 percent) were boys. The average annual TV-related injury rate was 2.43 injuries per 10,000 children younger than 18 years. The overall injury rate was steady, but significant changes occurred during the study period in the number (125.5 percent increase) and rate (95.3 percent increase) of injuries caused by falling TVs. A significant increase (344.1 percent) was observed in the number of injuries related to a TV falling from the furniture category including dresser, bureau, chest of drawers, or armoire.
"More than 17,000 children receive emergency treatment of a TV-related injury in the United States annually, which equals one child every 30 minutes," the authors write. "The rate of pediatric injuries caused by falling TVs is increasing, which underscores the need for increased prevention efforts."
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