Children treated in United States emergency departments for door-related injuries, 1999-2008

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Mar;51(3):226-32. doi: 10.1177/0009922811423308. Epub 2011 Oct 17.


This is the first study to provide national estimates of pediatric door-related injuries in the United States. Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System were analyzed for patients ≤17 years who were treated in US emergency departments for a door-related injury from 1999 through 2008. An estimated 1 392 451 US children ≤17 years received emergency treatment for door-related injuries, which averages approximately 1 injury every 4 minutes in the United States. Both the frequency and rate of injury increased significantly. Boys accounted for 55.4% of injuries, and 41.6% of children were ≤4 years. The most common mechanism of injury was a "pinch in the door" (54.8%) or an "impact to the door" (42.0%). Patients admitted to the hospital were most frequently treated for amputations (32.0%) or lacerations (25.2%). The frequency of injuries associated with glass doors increased significantly with increasing age, in contrast to injuries from other types of doors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Accidents, Home / statistics & numerical data
  • Adolescent
  • Amputation, Traumatic / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lacerations / epidemiology
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / epidemiology