Notwithstanding the safety guidelines, too many children are injured by lawn mowers


(Reuters Health) – Many children are injured by lawn mowers despite the safety guidelines in place to prevent these accidents, and children in rural communities are most at risk, reflecting studies from the United States. American.

Researchers examined data on 1,302 lawn mower injuries in children aged 1 to 18 years from 2005 to 2017. In cities, 1.47 out of every 100,000 received lawnmower injuries, compared with 4.26 out of every 100,000 in rural areas, the study.

Harvest injuries in rural areas were not only more common – they were also more serious. Children in the hospital who had sustained lawn mower injuries were more likely to be hospitalized and would develop complications as infections.

“Although it is devastating, these accidents can be largely prevented,” says the senior study author, Dr. Theodore Ganley from Philadelphia Children's Hospital and colleagues.

Almost half of the children were injured in the study between 1 and 5 years of age.

“This suggests that these accidents occurred due to a lack of parental supervision or error involving children / children who had not developed the judgment and the ability to avoid and identify the dangers of lawn mowers,” the researchers say.

“Young children in rural areas are particularly vulnerable to poor outcomes,” writes Ganley and her colleagues. “While injury prevention and safety efforts should be a key focus for all children, recent evidence suggests that educational efforts should be more focused on rural communities, particularly in the South and Mid-West United States. ”

It is estimated that 9,400 lawn mower injuries occur to U. children each year, researchers note in the American Journal of American Orthopedic Academy.

Gifts are more likely to add twice as injuries as other consumer products, the study team notes. And lawnmowers account for 12 to 19% of the children's traumatic amputation.

In order to reduce these injuries, the American Pediatric Academy (AAP) set out lawn mower user guidelines in 1990 and 2001. The American Orthopedic Surgical Academy (AAOS) established updated guidelines in 2014, and the North American Pediatric Orthopedic Society is collaborating with the AAPs. under awareness campaigns, the study team notes.

AAP suggests, for example, that parents and children who operate lawn mowers wear rough shoes or goggles or goggles, avoid them during bad weather, move across a slope with a pressure mower or up and down a slope with a travel mower, and refrain from stopping. from the mower to pull backwards or cut back. (

In the current study, children injured by logs were 7.7 years of age on average, and most were male and white.

Approximately 65% ​​of injuries related to legs and feet; 22% were associated with the upper ends. Less often, children were injured their heads, neck, face, and torch.

The common consequences – occurring in 31% of lawn mower injuries – followed by puncture wounds at 29% and fractures or distribution were 24%.

In rural areas, the children were 1.7 times more likely to be misled after a lawn mower accident than in urban areas.

Injuries during the summer months of May through August were more frequent, consistent with the increased use of lawnmowers during the summer and confirming what other studies were found, researchers note.

The study included data on injuries spent with 49 hospitals across the country, the study team notes. Many of these hospitals were trauma centers, which meant that the results may not reflect the number of minor lawnmower casualties treated without a visit from the hospital.

SOURCE: Journal of American American Orthopedic Academy, online October 29, 2019.

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