Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012
During the most recent snowstorm, five children were admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with injuries sustained while sledding. The children ranged in age from 5 to 17 years old, and sustained a number of injuries, including spinal fractures, rib fractures, internal organ injury and concussions. According to a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 20,000 children visit an emergency room each year as a result of a sledding accident. About one third have head injuries and approximately 800 require hospital admission.
The Injury Prevention Center and Hasbro Children’s Hospital have worked together to offer a program again this year that gives a free snow sport helmet to each child who comes in to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital emergency department following a snow sport injury. The helmets are provided through a gift to the Injury Prevention Center from the junior division of the Rhode Island State Grange.
In addition, the Injury Prevention Center offers the following sledding safety tips:
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