Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Factors influencing pediatric injury in side impact collisions.

TitleFactors influencing pediatric injury in side impact collisions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsArbogast KB, Moll EK, Morris SD, Anderko RL, Durbin D, Winston FK
JournalJ Trauma
Date Published2001 Sep
KeywordsAbbreviated Injury Scale, Abdominal Injuries, Accidents, Traffic, Adolescent, Age Distribution, Child, Child, Preschool, Craniocerebral Trauma, Female, Humans, Infant, Leg Injuries, Male, Seat Belts

BACKGROUND: Side impact collisions pose a great risk to children in crashes, but information about the injury mechanisms is limited.

METHODS: This study involves a case series of children in side impact collisions who were identified through Partners for Child Passenger Safety, a large, child-focused crash surveillance system. The aim of the current study was to use in-depth crash investigations to identify injury mechanisms to children in side impact collisions.

RESULTS: Ninety-three children in 55 side impact crashes were studied. Twenty-three percent (n = 22) of the children received an Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) score > or = 2 (clinically significant) injury. In these 22 children, head (40%), extremity (23%), and abdominal injuries (21%) were the most common significant injuries. Cases that illustrate body region-specific injury mechanisms are discussed.

CONCLUSION: The cases revealed that serious injuries, particularly head injuries, occur even in minor crashes, and efforts should be made to make the interiors of vehicles more child occupant friendly. Lower extremity and abdominal injuries occurred because of contact with the intruding door. Design of vehicles to minimize crush should mitigate the occurrence and severity of these injuries.

Alternate JournalJ Trauma
PubMed ID11535893