Each year, kids being brought to the emergency room for injuries are in the millions. It is estimated that almost nine million kids below the age of 15 are treated in the ER for various types of injuries. Of this figure, seven million had accidental injuries which, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign, are actually preventable.
In 2012, more than 1.3 million were also treated in the ER for sports injuries that included torn knee ligaments, sprained ankles and concussions in the head or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI often results from falls and more than 55 percent among kids aged 0 to 14 were affected from 2006 to 2010. For non-fatal TBI injuries, most ER visits were those from children aged 0 to 4 years during the same period. Most falls or 90 percent resulted from equipment-related injuries affecting the head and bones such as those in the arms, elbows and clavicles. According to the doctors, if only playgrounds were designed properly and kids playing
there are well supervised, these injuries can be prevented. [Read more…] about Kid-Related Injuries that End Up in the ER