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Citation

Maisonneuve E, Roumeliotis N, Basso A, Venchiarutti D, Vallot C, Ricard C, Bouzat P, Mortamet G. Acta Paediatr. 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Réseau Nord-Alpin des Urgences, CH, Annecy, France.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2020, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/apa.15196

PMID

31990998

Abstract

AIM: This study describes the epidemiology of severe injuries related to winter sports (skiing, snowboarding and sledding) in children, and assesses potential preventive actions.

METHODS: A single-center retrospective study performed at Pediatric or Adult Intensive Care Unit in the French Alps. All patients less than 15 years old, admitted to the Intensive Care Unit following a skiing, snowboarding or sledding accident from 2011 to 2018, were included.

RESULTS: We included 186 patients (mean age 10.6 years and 68% were male); of which 136 (73%), 21 (11%) and 29 (16%) had skiing, snowboarding and sledding accidents, respectively. The average ISS (injury severity score) was 16. The major lesions were head (n=94 patients, 51%) and intra-abdominal (n=56 patients, 30%) injuries. Compared to skiing/snowboarding, sledding accidents affected younger children (7 vs 11 y, p <0.001); most of whom did not wear a helmet (89% vs 8%, p <0.001). Severity scores were statistically different amongst winter sports (ISS = 16 (IQR 9-24) for skiing, 9 (IQR 4-16) for snowboarding and 16 (IQR 13-20) for sledding accident, p = 0.02).

CONCLUSION: Winter sports can cause severe trauma in children. Sledding accidents affect younger children that may benefit from wearing protective equipment.

© 2020 Foundation Acta Paediatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Language: en

Keywords

children; skiing; sledding; snow sports; trauma

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