Elevator-related injuries to children in the United States, 1990 through 2004

Joseph O'Neil, Gregory K. Steele, Carrie Huisingh, Gary A. Smith

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This study describes the epidemiology of elevator-related injuries among children in the United States from 1990 to 2004. A retrospective cohort analysis was performed using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Reported cases were used to project national estimates. An estimated 29 030 elevator-related injuries occurred among children in the United States during 1990 to 2004. The mean age was 8.1 years (SD, 6.1 years), with 53.3% of injuries among boys. The overall injury rate was 2.5 injuries per 100 000 population. The injury rate for children aged 0-4 years was 4.2 per 100 000 population, and for children aged 5-19 years the injury rate was 1.9 per 100 000 population. The most frequent cause of injury was the elevator door closing on a body part, the most frequently injured body region was the upper extremity, and soft-tissue injuries were the most frequent type of injury. Children should be closely supervised on or near elevators to reduce the risk of injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-625
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Elevator-related injuries
  • Injury surveillance
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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