A paediatric trauma study of scooter injuries

Emerg Med Australas. 2004 Apr;16(2):139-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2004.00566.x.


Objective: To investigate the incidence and describe the nature of non-motorized scooter related injuries in children presenting to the ED.

Setting: Paediatric ED of a metropolitan tertiary referral hospital.

Methods: A prospective observational study of patients aged under 19 years presenting with injuries sustained while using a non-motorized scooter. Clinicians recorded the data in the patient record.

Main outcome measures: type of injury sustained; period of experience on the scooter; the use of protective gear; the presence of adult supervision; the place of accident; and the patient outcome.

Results: Sixty-two eligible patients were recruited over an 18 month period. The incidence of scooter- related injuries was 1.3% of all paediatric trauma presentations. There was a fall in scooter injury presentations over the study period; however, this was not statistically significant. The most common injury sustained using a scooter was an upper limb fracture (41.9%). Closed head injury comprised 8.1% of all scooter related injuries. The majority of patients were not wearing protective gear and were unsupervised at the time of their accident. Most patients (79%) were managed in the ED and discharged.

Conclusions: There has been no significant change in scooter injury presentations over the two summer periods of 2000 and 2001. Children presenting to the ED with a scooter related injury tend to be primary school aged, which may have implications on scooter design, age recommendations and safety guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Play and Playthings / injuries*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / epidemiology
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Victoria / epidemiology