Bathtub Injuries

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Slips and falls in the tub and shower are sending injured children to the emergency room at a surprising rate. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study on bathtub injuries in the 60 Second Housecall.

Thousands of children and youth are injured in bathtub and shower injuries, slips and falls that could be avoided.

Researchers examined bath time injury records from an 18-year period and concluded that safer bathtubs and showers could significantly reduce such incidents.

The study looked at nationally representative data for children and youth 18 years old and younger from 1990 through 2007.

During this time, there were an estimated 790,000 bathtub and shower injuries among children 18 and younger who were treated in emergency rooms. Children aged 4 and under accounted for the majority of injuries.

The most common type of injury was a laceration and the most common cause was a slip, trip or fall. The most often injured body part was the face, followed by the head or neck.

The study probably underestimates the number of injuries because the data doesnt take into account injuries treated at home.

Researchers called for higher product safety standards, especially increased friction on bathtub and shower floors to help reduce injuries.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.