<< Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma In The Emergency Department: Evidence-Based Management Techniques (Trauma CME)

Common Mechanisms Of Injury In Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Although death is more commonly caused by associated head injury, MVCs are the most common cause of blunt abdominal injury in children.12 Several factors affect the pattern of injury in children involved in MVCs, including the type of restraint used, the seating position, and the type of accident. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement with recommendations for child passenger safety, which is available at: http://pediatrics. aappublications.org/content/early/2011/03/21/ peds.2011-0213.full.pdf+html.16 Seat belts and child safety seats are estimated to have saved > 12,000 lives in the United States in 2011 alone;17 however, a significant number of children remain unrestrained or suboptimally restrained, leading to injuries that can be prevented.

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