Transport-related fatalities and injuries leading to hospitalisation in pre-school children

Siskind, Victor (2015) Transport-related fatalities and injuries leading to hospitalisation in pre-school children. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 26(3), pp. 33-37.

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Abstract

Pre-school children grow and develop rapidly with age and their changing capabilities are reflected in the ways in which they are injured. Using coded and textual descriptions of transport-related injuries in children under five years of age from the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) this paper profiles the modes of such injuries by single year of age. The QISU collects information on all injury presentations to emergency department in hospitals throughout Queensland using both coded information and textual description. Almost all transport-related injuries in children under one year are due to motor vehicle crashes but these become proportionately less common thereafter, while injuries while cycling become proportionately more common with age. Slow-speed vehicle runovers peak at age one year but occur at all ages in the range. Bicycle-related fatalities are rare in this age group. If bicycle-related injuries are excluded, the profiles of fatal and non-fatal injuries are broadly similar. Comparison with a Queensland hospital series suggests that these results are broadly representative.

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ID Code: 95236
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Injuries, Hospitalisation, Pre-school children, Transport-related injuries
ISSN: 1832-9497
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2016 00:25
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 00:11

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