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J Paediatr Child Health. 2002 Feb;38(1):51-4.

Shopping trolley-related injuries to children in New Zealand, 1988-97.

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Injury Prevention Research Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the epidemiology of shopping trolley related injuries (fatalities and hospitalizations) to children in New Zealand prior to the introduction of a voluntary standard for shopping trolleys.

METHODOLOGY:

To identify cases, a key word search was conducted of national mortality and hospitalization databases for the years 1988-97. Cases were limited to children under 15 years of age.

RESULTS:

For the 10 year period investigated, 282 hospitalizations and no fatalities were identified. A significant increasing trend for hospitalizations was detected (chi2 = 17.6, 1 d.f.; P < 0.001). Ninety-two per cent of children hospitalized were aged under 5 years and two-thirds were aged 2 years or younger. Ninety per cent of injuries resulted from falls from trolleys, 84% of injuries were to the head or face and 22% were rated serious (AIS-3) on the Abbreviated Injury Scale.

CONCLUSIONS:

The incidence of injuries associated with shopping trolleys increased between 1988 and 1997. Following the introduction of a voluntary standard for shopping trolleys in 1999, which included specifications for child harnesses, trends in injury should be monitored.

PMID:
11869400
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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