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J Paediatr Child Health. 2009 May;45(5):310-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01329.x. Epub 2008 Jun 12.

Paediatric treadmill friction injuries.

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Stuart Pegg Paediatric Burns Unit, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. lukejenko@hotmail.com

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to report on the severity and incidence of children injured by treadmills and to promote the implementation of safety standards.

METHOD:

This retrospective review of children with treadmill friction injuries was conducted in a single tertiary-level burns centre in Australia between January 1997 and June 2007.

RESULTS:

The study revealed 37 children who sustained paediatric treadmill friction injuries. This was a presentation of 1% of all burns. Thirty-three (90%) of the injuries occurred in the last 3.5 years (January 2004 to June 2007). The modal age was 3.2 years. Thirty-three (90%) injuries were either full thickness or deep partial friction burns. Eleven (30%) required split thickness skin grafts. Of those who became entrapped, 100% required skin grafting.

CONCLUSION:

This study found that paediatric treadmill friction injuries are severe and increasing in incidence. Australian standards should be developed, implemented and mandated to reduce this preventable and severe injury.

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