Navigation Links
New national study finds increasing number of injuries from hot tubs
Date:11/2/2009

Though hot tubs, whirlpools and spas are widely used for relaxation and fun, they can pose serious risk for injury. Over the past two decades, as recreational use of hot tubs has increased, so has the number of injuries. A recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that from 1990-2007, the number of unintentional hot tub-related injuries increased by 160 percent, from approximately 2,500 to more than 6,600 injuries per year.

According to the study, published in the online issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 73 percent of the patients with hot tub-related injuries were older than 16 and approximately one half of all injuries resulted from slips and falls. Lacerations were the most commonly reported injuries (28 percent) and the lower extremities (27 percent) and the head (26 percent) were the most frequently injured body parts.

"While the majority of injuries occurred among patients older than 16, children are still at high risk for hot tub-related injuries," said study author Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "Due to the differing mechanisms of injury and the potential severity of these injuries, the pediatric population deserves special attention."

Among children younger than 6 years, near-drowning was the most prevalent mechanism of injury, accounting for more than two-thirds of injuries, while children ages 6-12 were more likely to be injured by jumping and diving in or around a hot tub. Additionally, some of the most severe hot tub-related injuries associated with suction drains (such as entanglement, body entrapment and drowning) are predominately seen in children. To help prevent these serious injuries, legislation mandating certain standards for suction covers was passed in 2007.

"Although some steps have been taken to make hot tubs safer, increased prevention efforts are needed," said Dr. McKenzie, also a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Recommendations to prevent hot tub-related injuries include placing slip resistant surfacing in and around the hot tub and limiting time and temperature of hot tub exposure to 10-15 minutes at no more than 104 F. Additionally, to prevent injuries to children, parents should keep hot tubs covered and locked when not in use, consider installing a fence or barrier around the area, set rules prohibiting jumping and diving, and comply with suction cover standards.

This is the first study to report national estimates, rates and trends of hot tub-related injuries for all ages treated in United States emergency departments. Data for this study were collected from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), which is operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The NEISS dataset provides information on consumer product-related and sports and recreation-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments across the country.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary Ellen Peacock
MaryEllen.Peacock@NationwideChildrens.org
614-355-0495
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and Philadelphia Fire DepartmentAwarded by National Fire Protection Association
2. FDA CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION UPDATES: Fraudulent H1N1 flu products, hearing aids, sound amplifiers, tobacco regulation, FDAs international posts, LASIK eye surgery, and FDA MedWatch safety alerts
3. Lung Cancer Alliance Announces New National Campaign Starring Dr. Armando Lung Love
4. Service Corporation International Announces Schedule for Its Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call
5. Dramatic Settlement Sets National Model for H1N1 Hospital Safety Measures
6. National Alliance of Wound Care(R) Launches On-line Job Resource Center and New Website
7. Cambodia: World AIDS Day HIV Campaign, Testing Millions, to Again Launch During Cambodias National Water Festival
8. National Council on Agings Firman Lauds CLASS Act as Part of House Health Care Bill
9. National Alliance for Hispanic Health Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Regina Benjamin as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States
10. PA Department of Health: National Delays in H1N1 Flu Vaccine Distribution Highlight Need for Continued Prevention Efforts
11. November Marks Fifth Annual National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... ... Social media marketing is transitioning from a singular person activity to a ... into this insight and more in its latest episode of its Brains Over Brawn ... with social media strategist and partner of the digital firm Med|Ed Digital Jessica Columbo. ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... In a recent article ... context (age, illness and life choices) should be dissociated from medical errors and ... In addition, all too often, studies regarding health system performance in other countries, ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... Author Michèle Wolff has a passion for using ... to know all about it for optimal health. Wanting to share her knowledge to ... Digestive and Wellness Solutions ” (published by Balboa Press AU). , This book ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... ... Doctors on Liens has announced the addition of Mendonca Spine Care Center ... network of doctors in Central and Northern California. Dr. Mendonca specializes in personal injury ... pain, neck pain, hip and knee pain, and headaches. Specializing in non-surgical, spinal ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... Support of value-based care models requires collaboration across ... data across industry solutions, Fogo Data Centers announces the launch of the Fogo Partner ... community is one in which all systems work well, work together, and work together ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)...  Aytu BioScience, Inc. (OTCQX: AYTU), a specialty pharmaceutical ... the field of urology, today announced the expansion of ... managers from 35 currently, a 20% increase in the ... expansion is being driven by the increasing growth of ... increasing acceptance of Natesto,s unique product profile and clinical ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... February 22, 2017 NetworkNewsWire Editorial Coverage: The ... states in the U.S. have now legalized marijuana for medicinal or ... Canada , Jamaica , ... Portugal , Uruguay and ... decriminalize cannabis in the last two years. As a result, the ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... , Feb. 22, 2017 Kineta, Inc., ... of novel immune modulating therapies, today announced that ... nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), demonstrates robust chronic pain ... models. The study also establishes the a9a10 nAChR ... of chronic pain. The findings were reported online ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: