Personal watercraft-related injuries : A growing public health concern.
Context. - An increase in the recreational use of personal watercraft (PWC) raises concern about an increase in associated injuries on a national level.
- To estimate the relative frequency, types of injury, and demographic features of persons injured while using PWC in the United States.
- Case series.
- Emergency department (ED) visits to hospitals participating a national probability sample.
- All persons treated for PWC-related injury from January 1,1990, through December 31,1995.
- An estimated 32 954 persons (95% confidence interval [Cl], 22 919-42 989) with PWC-related injuries were treated in US hospital EDs, of which 3.5% were hospitalized.
Personal watercraft-related injuries have increased significantly from an estimated 2860 in 1990 to more than 12000 in 1995.
During this period, the number of PWC in operation increased 3-fold from approximately 241 500 in 1990 to an estimated 760 000 in 1995.
The most prevalent diagnoses were lacerations, contusions, and fractures.
Main Outcome Measures
- The estimated number and percentage of patients treated in EDs for PWC-related injuries, by year, age, sex, and the number and rate per 1000 of PWC in operation by year.
- Since 1990, there has been at least a 4-fold increase in injuries associated with an increase in the recreational use of PWC.
The rate of ED-treated injuries related to PWC was about 8.5 times higher (95% Cl, 8.2-8.8; 1992 data) (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Polytraumatisme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Analyse statistique, Homme, Traumatisme, Jet-ski, 1990-1995
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Multiple injury, United States, North America, America, Statistical analysis, Human, Trauma
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0455567
Code Inist : 002B16K. Création : 03/02/1998.