Children in rural communities are 1.7 times more likely to undergo an amputation after a lawnmower injury than children in urban communities, according to a new study by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The researchers also found that although lawnmower injuries are prevalent throughout the United States, children in Southern and Midwestern states account for more than 80% of pediatric lawnmower injuries.
The findings were published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons .
Lawnmower injuries affect thousands of children each year across the country. It is important for parents to understand that riding on or being near a lawnmower can have devastating consequences for children. These traumatic injuries have a huge impact on children, their families, and future generations." Theodore J. Ganley, MD, orthopedic surgeon in CHOP's Pediatric Trauma Program and senior author of the study
Approximately 9,400 pediatric lawnmower injuries occur each year, with a hospitalization rate two times higher than any other consumer product-related injury. The injuries often require lengthy inpatient stays and multiple surgeries due to their severity and involvement of bone and soft tissues. These injuries also carry a high economic burden, costing the healthcare system about $90 million a year.
To assess the geographic distribution of these incidents, the research team used the Pediatric Health Information System, a unique, pediatric-specific database containing information from 49 not-for-profit hospitals across the United States. They analyzed data from children aged 0 to 18 between 2005 and 2017 and identified 1,302 patients who presented to a hospital with a lawnmower injury. Related Stories
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