Unsafe at any speed - Kids riding all-terrain vehicles

Cassandra M. Kelleher, Sandra L. Metze, Patrick A. Dillon, George B. Mychaliska, Tamir H. Keshen, Robert P. Foglia

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Background: All-terrain vehicle (ATV) sales have climbed 89% in the last 5 years. We sought to determine if pediatric ATV accidents have increased in frequency and morbidity. Methods: Medical records of children treated in our emergency unit for ATV accidents from 1993 to 2003 were reviewed. The 11 years were divided into 2 periods, January 1993 to June 1998 and July 1998 to December 2003, to allow comparisons and analysis of trends over time. Results: We treated 184 children, with 90% requiring admission. Comparing the first and second halves of the study, patients treated increased from 8.7 ± 4.8 (mean ± SD) to 24.5 ± 11.1 per year (P <. 01), patients requiring immediate operation increased from 4 (9%) of 44 to 24 (17%) of 140, and patients with serious injuries (resulting in direct intensive care unit admission, immediate operation, or death) rose from 12 (27%) of 44 to 51 (36%) of 140. Patient age was 11.5 ± 3.9 years. Sixty-eight percent of the children sustained multiple injuries and 50% required surgery. Only 35% of the children wore helmets. Conclusion: Over the 2 periods, there was a significant increase in number of patients treated, and considerable increases in serious injuries, and need for immediate operation. Despite inherent risks with riding ATVs, helmet use and patient age were remarkably low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-935
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

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Off-Road Motor Vehicles
Head Protective Devices
Accidents
Multiple Trauma
Wounds and Injuries
Medical Records
Intensive Care Units
Hospital Emergency Service
Pediatrics
Morbidity

Keywords

  • ATV
  • Pediatric
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Kelleher, C. M., Metze, S. L., Dillon, P. A., Mychaliska, G. B., Keshen, T. H., & Foglia, R. P. (2005). Unsafe at any speed - Kids riding all-terrain vehicles. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 40(6), 929-935. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.03.007

Unsafe at any speed - Kids riding all-terrain vehicles. / Kelleher, Cassandra M.; Metze, Sandra L.; Dillon, Patrick A.; Mychaliska, George B.; Keshen, Tamir H.; Foglia, Robert P.

In: Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Vol. 40, No. 6, 06.2005, p. 929-935.

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Kelleher, CM, Metze, SL, Dillon, PA, Mychaliska, GB, Keshen, TH & Foglia, RP 2005, 'Unsafe at any speed - Kids riding all-terrain vehicles', Journal of Pediatric Surgery, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 929-935. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.03.007
Kelleher CM, Metze SL, Dillon PA, Mychaliska GB, Keshen TH, Foglia RP. Unsafe at any speed - Kids riding all-terrain vehicles. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2005 Jun;40(6):929-935. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.03.007
Kelleher, Cassandra M. ; Metze, Sandra L. ; Dillon, Patrick A. ; Mychaliska, George B. ; Keshen, Tamir H. ; Foglia, Robert P. / Unsafe at any speed - Kids riding all-terrain vehicles. In: Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2005 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 929-935.
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