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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Mar;51(3):226-32. doi: 10.1177/0009922811423308. Epub 2011 Oct 17.

Children treated in United States emergency departments for door-related injuries, 1999-2008.

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Center for Injury Research and Policy, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH 43205, USA.


This is the first study to provide national estimates of pediatric door-related injuries in the United States. Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System were analyzed for patients ≤17 years who were treated in US emergency departments for a door-related injury from 1999 through 2008. An estimated 1 392 451 US children ≤17 years received emergency treatment for door-related injuries, which averages approximately 1 injury every 4 minutes in the United States. Both the frequency and rate of injury increased significantly. Boys accounted for 55.4% of injuries, and 41.6% of children were ≤4 years. The most common mechanism of injury was a "pinch in the door" (54.8%) or an "impact to the door" (42.0%). Patients admitted to the hospital were most frequently treated for amputations (32.0%) or lacerations (25.2%). The frequency of injuries associated with glass doors increased significantly with increasing age, in contrast to injuries from other types of doors.

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