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Paediatric injuries presenting to A&E

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Bed is the most common source of non-fatal injury for children in the first year of life, according to US research.

Researchers looked at data on 131,4000 injured infants treated in US emergency departments for non-fatal unintentional injuries over four years.

Bed was the product most frequently noted as being involved in the injury event for every age except two and 12 months – car seats was the most frequently noted at two months of age and stairs at 12 months.

Overall, the patients were more likely to be male and abrasions were the leading diagnosis, the authors said.

‘Contusion/abrasion, laceration, hematoma, foreign-body, and puncture injuries occurred most frequently to the head or neck region,’ they added. ‘More than one third of fractures were to the arm or hand.’

Pediatrics (2008) 121: 930-937

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