Windows 99: A Source of Pediatric Trauma in the Suburbs

Windows 99: A Source of Pediatric Trauma in the Suburbs

Falls from windows are a known, common cause of injuries to children who live in cities, but nobody had really tracked this injury outside the urban setting — until a 1study published September 2000. Of over 2000 children admitted to a suburban trauma center, more than 40% of the admissions were from falls, and 11% were falls from windows (a higher rate than in cities).

All of these children needed to be admitted directly to the intensive care unit, and 4% of them died. The great majority of kids (and all those who died) were in the 0-4 year-old age group.

Windows can be exciting to young kids. Whenever kids are upstairs, be sure there is no open or easy-to-open window for them to explore. You can’t just reboot children if they crash.

1Benoit R – J Trauma – 01-Sep-2000; 49(3): 477-81; discussion 481-2

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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