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19 June 2007

Infants at risk in lifts

Among children, infants up to two years old are most likely to suffer lift-related injuries, researchers say.

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Among children, infants up to two years old are most likely to suffer lift-related injuries, says a study by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Ohio State University.

They analysed 29 030 lift-related injuries suffered by children in the United States between 1990 and 2004 that were severe enough to require a visit to a hospital emergency room.

Of those injuries, 28.6 percent involved children up to two years of age, according to the study, which appears in an advance online issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

"What really surprised us was the number of infants with head injuries in our study. As the lift doors close mothers may not realize the vulnerability of babies in strollers or in their arms," lead author Dr Joseph O'Neil, assistant professor of clinical paediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.

Overall, 98 percent of children with lift-related injuries were treated and released from the emergency department. Of the two percent admitted to hospital for additional treatment, most had head, hand, or finger injuries. – (HealthDayNews)

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