Pediatric injuries related to electric scooter use: A national database review

Lara L. Cohen, Joseph S. Geller, Brian W. Yang, Paul R. Allegra, Seth D. Dodds

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Abstract

Electric scooter (e-scooter) use and resulting injuries have grown exponentially since expansion into ridesharing in 2017. No study has described pediatric e-scooter injuries and focused on their impact in an adolescent cohort. Our primary purpose was to describe the epidemiology of admitted pediatric e-scooter injuries and compare them with existing literature on adults. We queried the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for e-scooter injuries between 2015 and 2019 in patients 0–18 years old. Injuries caused by an e-scooter to a nonrider were removed. Patients admitted to the hospital were analyzed and weighted national estimates were calculated. A P value of <0.05 was considered significant. Nine hundred and two pediatric patients were treated for an e-scooter injury at an emergency department (ED) between 2015 and 2019. Among those admitted (n = 47), 72.3% were men, and the average age at injury was 11.3 years. Among all injuries (n = 56), the most common diagnosis was fracture (24/56, 42.9%). The 19% (9/47) of patients that experienced polytrauma were significantly older than those with single injuries (P < 0.001). ED admissions grew by 616% from 2017 to 2018. Children experience a greater rate of fractures and polytrauma from e-scooters compared to adults, but fewer facial injuries despite a similar rate of head trauma. The incidence of pediatric head injuries indicates a lack of helmet use similar to adults. Lawmakers should consider bolstering e-scooter regulations to decrease pediatric injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E241-E245
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electric scooters
  • National Electronic Injury Surveillance System
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Scooter injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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