Scooter-Related Injuries on the Rise in Canada, Urging Caution and Safety Measures

Scooter-Related Injuries on the Rise in Canada, Urging Caution and Safety Measures

The popularity of scooters, both manual and electric, is soaring in Canada and around the world. These sleek, portable devices are especially popular among children, offering a fun and active way to get around. However, the increasing popularity of scooters is also leading to a surge in emergency room visits due to scooter-related injuries.

According to Meagan Doyle, a pediatric emergency physician and the trauma medical director at McMaster University, the rise in scooter-related injuries has caused concern among healthcare professionals. In a recent report by Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, it was revealed that there were 523 hospital cases related to e-scooter injuries between January 2012 and December 2019 in various hospitals across the country. Out of these cases, more than half were between the ages of two and 14 years old.

Head injuries, such as concussions and brain injuries, and arm injuries, like fractures, are among the most common types of injuries caused by scooters. The ones powered by a motor tend to lead to more injuries due to their ability to reach higher speeds. The severity of these injuries ranges from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious fractures that require sedation and medical procedures to heal properly.

Knowing when to seek medical attention is crucial when dealing with scooter-related injuries. While not all injuries require a visit to the hospital, certain symptoms indicate the need for immediate medical attention. Ongoing confusion, repetitive vomiting, or difficulty waking up are signs of a head injury and require prompt medical evaluation.

To reduce the risk of injuries, it is important to follow safety measures when riding a scooter. Wearing a helmet is essential in preventing serious traumatic brain injuries. It is also important to avoid riding scooters while under the influence of alcohol or other substances, as this impairs judgment and coordination. Limiting scooter rides to one rider at a time can also minimize the risk of accidents. Additionally, being aware of one’s surroundings and avoiding busy streets can help prevent collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.

Despite the popularity of scooters, there is a lack of policies and safe infrastructure in many cities to support their safe use. This is a growing concern for healthcare professionals like Doyle, as the lack of appropriate infrastructure increases the risk of accidents and injuries. Efforts should be made to establish proper infrastructure and policies that prioritize the safety of scooter riders.

In conclusion, the increasing popularity of scooters is accompanied by a rise in scooter-related injuries, particularly among children. Helmet use, avoiding rides while intoxicated, limiting riders, and being mindful of surroundings are important safety tips to minimize the risk of accidents. Additionally, there is a need for improved policies and infrastructure to support safe scooter use in cities.

– Report by Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
– Meagan Doyle, pediatric emergency physician at McMaster University

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