Children's Health
More Than 200,000 Kids Treated in ERs Each Year for Playground-Related Injuries
May 15, 2017 - 11:55:27 AM

May 15, 2017 -- As temperatures rise, more kids will be on the playground.  The nation's emergency physicians want all of them to have fun, but also to stay safe.

"Many playground injuries can be avoided if parents are mindful about the risks and teach children to obey safety rules," said Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "We encourage children to get outside and play to promote a healthier lifestyle, but we want to make sure our children are as safe as possible."

Every year, emergency physicians see more than 200,000 children with playground-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  These injuries are diverse, from head injuries, to fractures, internal bleeding and others. More than 20,000 of these children are treated for traumatic brain injury, including concussion.

Facts about Playground Injuries:

Ways to Prevent Playground Injuries:

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.


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