When winter hijinks end in the emergency dept

SLEDDING has emerged as the “number one mechanism” resulting in hospitalisation out of all outdoor winter activities in a US study.

A review of records at a US paediatric trauma centre showed that 52 children were treated for serious sled-related injuries from 2003 to 2011, and most cases (63.5%) arose from a “sled versus tree” incident.

“Thirty per cent suffered significant head injuries and nearly 10% had a permanent disability,” according to data from the Michigan hospital, due to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference this week.

“An injury control strategy ensuring a safe environment away from trees, and head protection should be publicised,” physicians urged.