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Motorized scooter injuries in the era of scooter-shares: A review of the national electronic surveillance system

Published:March 30, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2019.03.049

      Abstract

      Introduction

      There has been a spike in recent news regarding motorized scooter injuries due to the expansion of scooter sharing companies. Given the paucity of literature on this topic, the purpose of our study was to describe and quantify emergency department encounters associated with motorized scooter related injuries.

      Methods

      The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) was queried for motorized scooter related injuries from 2013 to 2017. Patient demographics, diagnosis, injury location, narrative description of incident, and disposition data were collected from emergency department encounters.

      Results

      There were an estimated 32,400 motorized scooter injuries from 2013 to 2017. The estimated incidence did not change significantly over time with 1.9 cases per 100,000 in 2013 and 2.6 cases per 100,000 in 2017. A 77.0% increase in scooter injuries was noted for millennials from 2016 to 2017. Head injuries were the most common body area injured (27.6%). Fractures or dislocations (25.9%) were the most common diagnosis. The most common site of fracture was the wrist and lower arm (35.4%). There were no deaths. Major orthopaedic injury and concussion were the strongest independent predictors of hospital admission.

      Conclusions

      Head injuries were the most commonly injured body part, while fractures or dislocations were the most common diagnosis. These results highlight the importance of using protective equipment while riding motorized scooters, and lay a foundation for future policies requiring helmet use.

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