The aim of this study was to contribute to national
data by evaluating the demographic and epidemiological
features and treatment results of school aged children presenting
to a private university hospitals emergency department
due to trauma.
Methods: Medical files of children aged 6-12 years old presenting
with trauma to Maltepe University Faculty of Medicines
Emergency Department (ER) between1stJanuary 2013
31 December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Age,
gender, place of trauma (school or out side school), cause of
trauma (fall, motor vehicle accident, cut with foreign object,
burn), consultations, procedures in emergency department,
hospitalisation, discharge and mortality rates were collected
and statistically analysed.
Results: Most of the 500 patients included in this study were
male (n=287;%57,4) and presentation to ER were mainly
between April-May (%11,8; 12). Trauma outside of school
(n=284; % 56,8) was more common when compared to
trauma at school (n=216; % 43,2). Falls (%96,6) and motor
vehicle accident (%2,4) were the most frequent type of
injury. Trauma was most common in extremities (%63,6) followed
by head trauma (%31,6). Four hundred and eighty
three patients were discharged after ER treatment, two were
discharged on parents will, 14 required hospitalization and
one patient was lost.
Conclusion: The most common cause of trauma in school
aged children are falls. They can be prevented through increased
safety measures at home. Our statistical results are
similar to other studies.