This is more of a fun read with summer coming up and provides an interesting glimpse into America.
They looked at all pediatric related lawnmower accidents from 1990-2014 from a 100-hospital sample they felt to be representative of US ED’s. Overall, lawn-mower related injuries have gone down by almost 60% since 1990 – hooray for Darwin! Interestingly, there is a bimodal distribution of injuries, with ~15,000 total visits over the study period for 2 year olds, ~7,500 for those ages 7-9, and steadily rises after age 9 until accidents peak at about 20,000 total visits over the study period for 15-17 year olds.
In comparing the <5 year old age group to those 13-17 years old, the youngin’s were more often injured via contact with a hot surface (40% vs 5%), and fell off more (13% vs 4%). This makes intuitive sense as they young tykes like to touch things they shouldn’t (particularly unsupervised), and some folks just HAVE to capture the moment with junior on their lap.
Also filed under WTF, is a 7.5% rate of injury for those under 5 years as the OPERATOR (vs 37% as bystander and 21% as passenger). I mean, a four year old as an operator of a lawn mower? Who possibly thinks this is a good idea? Likewise, with 40% injuries for those under 4 caused by burns – this is something that could be easily fixed by not letting the wee ones around the mower as it cools.
10.6% of those under 4 years old with lawn-mower related injuries are admitted – many of these are probably preventable by common sense. I guess they’re learning from Kenny Chesney at a young age.