Child injury rate due to falling television is on the rise. A new study published in journal Pediatrics has reported that in past 22 years rate of child injury from falling televisions has increased by 95%.
The study by Roo and colleagues spans a period from 1990 to 2011 and is published on 22 July , online.
the average annual injury rate attributable to televisions in children was 2.43 per 10,000 children younger than 18, according to Gary Smith, MD, of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues.
The information on these injuries was studied through 380,885 reports from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System between 1990 to 2011.
The surveillance report included data on age, gender, injury diagnosis, injured body region, products involved, location of the injury, disposition from the emergency department, and circumstances related to the child injury.
Injuries were categorized as a television fall, patient striking a television, injury while moving a television, or other. Furniture which was used to support the television, such as a dresser, entertainment center, shelf, table, cabinet, wall mount, or other support if responsible for the injury was also included.
Televisions were categorized as being 27 inches and larger or 26 inches and smaller.
Injury codes included laceration, contusion, soft tissue injury, fracture, strain, and other — which included shocks, burns, dislocations, and dental injuries.
64.3 % of the injuries were in children younger than 5 years of age.
24.3% of the injured children were between 5 to 10 and 11.4% were between 11 to 17 years.
60.8% of the injured were males.
Most of the injuries occurred due to fall of the television [52.5%]. Striking a television was next commonest mode of injury [38.1%]. One of the interesting finding was that former mode of child injury has increased over the study period consistently whereas the latter decreased.
Whereas the rate of child injury due to television fall was from 0.85 per 10,000 children in 1990, it was 1.66 per 10,000 children in 2011.
Injuries from striking a television decreased significantly over the 22-year period by 71.9% from 1.53 injuries per 10,000 children in 1990 to 0.43 injuries per 10,000 children in 2011.
Most commonly injured area were
- Hhead and neck (63.3%)
- Lower extremities (21.5%).
Over two thirds of injuries were lacerations or soft tissue injuries.
The authors advised prevention strategiesto reduce child injuries due to TV fall including public education, provision of TV anchoring devices at the point of sale of TVs, TV anchoring device distribution programs, strengthening of standards for TV stability, and redesign of TVs to improve stability.
- Ana C. De Roo, Thiphalak Chounthirath,Gary A. Smith.”Television-related injuries to children in the United States, 1990-2011″ Pediatrics 2013; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-1086.
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