An Assessment of Pediatric All-Terrain Vehicle Injuries

This article reports on a study undertaken to define the impact of pediatric all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries on the morbidity and mortality of the pediatric population of the referral area of one of Kentucky's level-1 trauma centers. The authors collected retrospective data from the University of Kentucky Trauma Registry on all patients younger than 18 years of age admitted to the level 1 trauma center between 1996 and 2000 with ATV related injuries (n = 151). There were five deaths and the male/female ratio was 3.2 males to 1 female. The mean injury severity score (ISS) was 12.3, plus or minus 8.9. Helmet use among these hospitalized children was only 4%. The average hospitalization was 4.4 days, with 32% of the children going to the intensive care unit and 52% to the operating room. Forty percent of patients had multisystem injuries. The authors conclude that ATV -related injuries led to significant morbidity and mortality for this pediatric population. They note that strategies to encourage helmet use and discourage passengers on ATVs may help to reduce this mortality and morbidity. They contend that prohibiting children younger than 16 years from operating or riding on an ATV seems justified.

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    • Humphries, Roger L
    • Stone, Charles Keith
    • Stapczynski, Joseph Stephan
    • Florea, Shannon
  • Publication Date: 2006-7

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01047270
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2007 2:55PM