As the use of electric scooters has increased in recent years, so have the number of injuries suffered by children while riding them.
According to a new study, the number of kids hospitalized for electric scooter injuries has surged in the past decade.
Researchers analyzed data from the National Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital stays in the United States, and found that the number of kids ages 10 to 17 who were hospitalized for electric scooter injuries increased from 2011 to 2020.
In 2011, there were just 24 kids hospitalized for electric scooter injuries. But by 2020, that number had jumped to 1,500.
The study’s lead author says the findings highlight the need for more safety measures when it comes to electric scooters.
“As the use of electric scooters has increased, so have the number of injuries,” said Dr. Nicole Rohlman, an assistant professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa.
“Most of these injuries are to the head and face, and can be serious. This study highlights the need for better regulation and safety measures to protect children.”
The study found that the majority of kids hospitalized for electric scooter injuries were boys (75%), and the most common injury was a head injury (45%).
Other common injuries included fractures (15%), contusions and abrasions (13%), and internal organ damage (5%).
The majority of kids hospitalized for electric scooter injuries were treated and released within a day, but some required more intensive care.
The study’s authors say the findings underscore the need for more child-specific safety measures when it comes to electric scooters, such as helmets and other protective gear.
“Parents should think twice before letting their children ride electric scooters, and should ensure that their children wear helmets and other protective gear when they do ride,” said Dr. Rohlman.
According to a new study, the number of children being hospitalized for injuries sustained from e-scooters has surged in recent years.
The study, which was conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), looked at data from 2011 to 2020. In that time period, there was a total of 1,254 children who were hospitalized for e-scooter injuries.
Of those hospitalized, 45% were for head injuries, and 26% were for fractures. The remaining patients were hospitalized for other injuries, such as internal bleeding, lacerations, and scrapes.
The majority of the patients were between the ages of 15 and 17, but the number of younger children being hospitalized for e-scooter injuries is on the rise. In 2020, there were 38 children under the age of 15 who were hospitalized for e-scooter injuries, which is up from just 3 in 2011.
E-scooters have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people seeing them as a convenient and fun way to get around. However, this increase in popularity has also led to an increase in injuries.
“As e-scooters have become more prevalent, we are seeing more children sustaining serious injuries from them,” said study author Dr. Gary Smith. “While e-scooters can be a fun and convenient mode of transportation, it’s important for parents to be aware of the risks associated with them.”
Smith recommends that parents talk to their children about the importance of wearing a helmet and following all safety rules when using an e-scooter. He also notes that e-scooters should never be used while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The full study can be found in the journal Pediatrics.