The extent of consumer product involvement in paediatric injuries

Catchpoole, Jesani, Walker, Sue, & Vallmuur, Kirsten (2016) The extent of consumer product involvement in paediatric injuries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), pp. 654-662.

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A challenge in utilising health sector injury data for Product Safety purposes is that clinically coded data have limited ability to inform regulators about product involvement in injury events, given data entry is bound by a predefined set of codes. Text narratives collected in emergency departments can potentially address this limitation by providing relevant product information with additional accompanying context. This study aims to identify and quantify consumer product involvement in paediatric injuries recorded in emergency department-based injury surveillance data. A total of 7743 paediatric injuries were randomly selected from Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit database and associated text narratives were manually reviewed to determine product involvement in the injury event. A Product Involvement Factor classification system was used to categorise these injury cases. Overall, 44% of all reviewed cases were associated with consumer products, with proximity factor (25%) being identified as the most common involvement of a product in an injury event. Only 6% were established as being directly due to the product. The study highlights the importance of utilising injury data to inform product safety initiatives where text narratives can be used to identify the type and involvement of products in injury cases.

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ID Code: 96742
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: paediatric injury, injury surveillance, injury data, product-related injury
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13070654
ISSN: 1661-4601
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
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 > Research Centres > National Centre for Health Information Research & Training
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
Copyright Statement: This article is an open access
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Deposited On: 10 Jul 2016 23:22
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 03:29

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