-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People injured in
trampoline accidents made more than 1 million visits to U.S.
hospital emergency rooms over 10 years, at a cost of more than $1
billion, a new study shows.
Just looking at broken bones, the injury toll between 2002 and
2011 included nearly 289,000 people, mostly children, and racked up
emergency department costs of more than $400 million, the Indiana
University School of Medicine researchers found.
About 60 percent of those fractures occurred in the upper
extremities, such as hands, fingers, forearms and elbows.
Lower-extremity fractures were most common in the lower legs and
ankles. The spine, head, and ribs accounted for about 4 percent of
the fractures, and there were about 2,800 spinal injuries during
the study period.
The vast majority of fractures occurred at home, according to
the study published online April 28 in the
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
The number of emergency department visits for trampoline-related
injuries rose steadily from just under 40,000 in 1991 to a high of
about 110,000 in 2004. By 2011, the number had fallen to just over
"The number of injuries has declined, but not fast enough," study author Dr. Randall Loder, chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine department of orthopedic surgery and a surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, said in a university news release.
For the study, he and his colleagues analyzed data from the
National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which collects data
from hospitals across the country. The number of trampoline-related
injuries is likely much higher than reported in this study because
many people seek care from their family doctors or urgent care
centers, the researchers noted.
Home trampolines should be banned, according to Loder.
"I think trampolines should not be allowed in backyards. It's that simple," he said. "It's a significant public health problem."
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