Navigation Links
More Than 4,000 U.S. Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides
Date:5/1/2013

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- More than 4,000 American children are injured on amusement rides each year, according to a new study that calls for standardized safety regulations.

Between 1990 and 2010, nearly 93,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for amusement-ride-related injuries -- an average of nearly 4,500 injuries per year.

More than 70 percent of the injuries occurred from May through September, which means that more than 20 injuries a day occurred during these warm-weather months, said researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The head and neck region was the most frequently injured (28 percent), followed by the arms (24 percent), face (18 percent) and legs (17 percent). The most common types of injuries were soft tissue (29 percent), strains and sprains (21 percent), cuts (20 percent) and broken bones (10 percent).

The percentage of injuries that required hospitalization or observation was low, suggesting that serious injuries are rare. From May through September, however, an amusement-ride-related injury serious enough to require hospitalization occurs an average of once every three days, according to the study, which was published online May 1 and in the May print issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

Youngsters were most likely to suffer injuries as a result of a fall (32 percent) or by either hitting a part of their body on a ride or being hit by something while riding (18 percent). Thirty-three percent of injuries occurred on amusement park rides, 29 percent on mobile rides at fairs and festivals, and 12 percent on rides at malls, stores, restaurants and arcades.

"Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over mobile rides, regulation of fixed-site rides is currently left to state or local governments, leading to a fragmented system," study senior author Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, said in a hospital news release. "A coordinated national system would help us prevent amusement-ride-related injuries through better injury surveillance and more consistent enforcement of standards."

Smith and his colleagues also found that injuries on mall rides are more likely to be head, neck or face injuries; concussions; or cuts than injuries on fixed or mobile rides. Nearly three-fourths of injuries on mall rides occurred when a child fell in, on, off or against the ride. The researchers noted that mall rides often are located above hard surfaces and may not have child restraints.

"Injuries from smaller amusement rides located in malls, stores, restaurants and arcades are typically given less attention by legal and public health professionals than injuries from larger amusement park rides, yet our study showed that in the U.S. a child is treated in an emergency department, on average, every day for an injury from an amusement ride located in a mall, store, restaurant or arcade," said Smith, who also is a professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. "We need to raise awareness of this issue, and determine the best way to prevent injuries from these types of rides."

Smith and his colleagues offered the following amusement-ride safety tips:

  • Always follow all posted height, weight, age and health restrictions, as well as all loading or seating-order instructions.
  • Always use safety equipment such as seat belts and safety bars, and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.
  • If you don't think your child will be able to follow the rules, keep him or her off the ride. If you are worried about the safety of a ride, don't let your child go on it.
  • Do not let your child go on a mall ride if it is over a hard, unpadded surface or if it does not have a child restraint such as a seat belt.

More information

The Amusement Safety Organization offers more amusement-ride safety advice.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, news release, May 1, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. 4,000-year-old shamans stones discovered near Boquete, Panama
2. Johns Hopkins malpractice study: Surgical never events occur at least 4,000 times per year
3. 4,000 analytics experts come to Phoenix for INFORMS Annual Meeting
4. Human Culture May Date Back 44,000 Years
5. Caring for patients with fecal incontinence costs more than $4,000 per person each year
6. Kessler Foundation scientist awarded $554,000 for multiple sclerosis employment research
7. Dietary medium chain triglycerides prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
8. Strides Made in Preventing Cancer, But Challenges Remain: Report
9. House of Brides’ New Feedback Tool Now on Wedding Site
10. House of Brides Announces Date of Highly Anticipated Midnight Madness Sale
11. Make Your Office Green: MinuteHound Software Takes Great Strides Toward Cleaner and Efficient Technology
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
More Than 4,000 U.S. Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides
(Date:2/24/2017)... NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... that provides business development, education, networking and recognition opportunities as well as advocacy ... Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ on February 23. The Council's Innovation Forecast ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... With millions of Americans and ... that we all are aware of our options and are empowered with strength ... the launch of its newest edition of "Vision and Hearing" in USA Today, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, ... focuses on Bible Prophecy concerning this present generation. Yisrayl makes an astounding statement ... current generation. He explains that the Bible details the current times so plainly ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... qualifying into the Senior International Elite division on February 12th. Ms. Esparza ... divisions at the elite qualifier competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frida is ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... The Lymphoma ... innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of ... Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach to host its Swirl: Miami Wine Tasting ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... LG Innotek hat heute die weltweit erste ... das 1,5-fache des 45-mW-Moduls der Konkurrenz. UV-C ... und 280 nm und eignet sich damit für Sterilisationsaufgaben. Es ... zerstört. Das Produkt von LG Innotek erzeugt UV-Strahlung im ... ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Februar 2017 Im Rahmen seiner Schlüsselwachstumsstrategie ... in der südwestlichen chinesischen Provinz Guizhou, 2017 mit dem Angebot ... aktiv an der Entwicklung einer eingebetteten Hightech-Schlüsselindustrie. Foto ... Reading ... ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 23, 2017 Obese people are ... for varicose veins in their body. The rising number ... the adoption of endovenous laser therapy for treatment of ... laser therapy market, published by Future Market Insights, ... and consequences of obesity have collectively factored the growth ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: