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Pediatric Trampoline Injuries

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Pediatric Trampoline Injuries
Susan McLean, MD, FACS, Alan Tyroch, MD, FACS, FCCM and Angela Volk, BS, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso TX

Objective: Introduction: Trampoline injuries are increasingly reported among children. The aim of this study was to review injury frequencies to see if there was an age correlation with injury patterns.
Methods: Retrospective review of trauma database 2000-2014. Statistics: Mann-Whitney U test, Pearson correlations for bivariate correlations.
Results: 48 patients, mean age 6 (1-14) comprised of 26 males, 22 females. Mean ISS, 6.27 (1-17), Mean hospital length of stay (LOS), 1.5 days (1-6). Most common mechanism was fall. Most common injury: upper extremity fracture (UEfx) in 32 (68 %) and TBI in 9. Two patients had spleen injuries. Age was not correlated with either injury; however no patient older than 10 had a TBI. TBI was significantly negative correlated with presence of UEfx (p< .001,); one patient had both TBI and UEfx. All patients survived. Of all UEfx frequencies were Humerus: 27, radius/ulna: 14, lateral condyle fx: 6, clavicle: 1; multiple fx: 6. TBI frequencies were concussion: 6, basilar skull fracture: 4, intracerebral bleed 1. Mean LOS was not different between the head injured and non-head injured. 5 patients with lower extremity fractures (LEfx), 3 patients with 4 tibia/fibula fx, 1 tibia fx, 1 femur fx. None of the LEfx groups had UEfx or TBI. Discussion and Conclusion: Pediatric trampoline injuries requiring hospitalization yielded distinct injuries usually isolated to one region. Injuries fell into 3 categories: Upper extremity, the most common, TBI, and lower extremity. Younger patients had more head injuries, which were not associated with upper extremity fractures.
Objective: Identify common injuries which occur after falls from trampolines in children.Objective Content: Common injuries fell into three categories: 1. Upper extremity- The most common injury sustained 2. TBI was found in 9 of the 48 patients 3. Lower extremity.


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