By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief
We certainly do a lot of anticipatory safety guidance when it comes to our patients riding safely on bicycles—but have you ever offered tricycle safety advice? After reading the study being released this week by Bandzar et al. (doi:10.1542/peds.2014-3632) you may want to. The authors report on injuries that were uploaded in emergency departments into the National Injury Surveillance System in 2012 and 2013.
Just the fact that more than 9000 tricycle injuries were accumulated in this database is worth your attention. The data shared is extensive in terms of the types of injuries, ages they occur, and the seriousness of these accidents in terms of needing hospitalization or not. Rather than describe the results, cycle through this article yourself (and you won’t have to wear a helmet while doing so).
Do you ask about tricycle use during toddler and pre-school visits and offer safety advice for these devices? Share your experience with tricycle injuries with us by responding to this blog, sending us an e-letter or posting your comments on our Facebook or Twitter.