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Two-year paediatric trauma centre analysis of electric scooter injuries
  1. Rachel McGalliard1,2,
  2. Kimberley Hallam2,
  3. Sam Townley2,
  4. Shrouk Messahel2,
  5. Charlotte Lucy Durand2
  1. 1 Academic Training, Institute in the Park, Alder Hey, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Emergency Department, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachel McGalliard, Institute in the Park, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK; r.mcgalliard{at}

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Electric (e-)scooters are increasingly popular in the UK with currently 32 trials of rental e-scooters across England.1 National data from 2020 reports 484 casualties involving e-scooters including five pedestrians.2 Around 25% were seriously injured and 75% sustained minor injuries. Ten children aged 0–9 sustained injuries and 129 in those aged 11–19 years. There is a paucity of published evidence regarding injury patterns in children.3

We investigated patients presenting to a Paediatric Major Trauma Centre from January 2020 to December 2021, identifying 39 e-scooter injuries. Ninety-two per cent of the e-scooters were private vehicles (ie, not hired) and occurred at speeds >15 mph, and 97% of children did …

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  • Contributors RM, KH, CLD and SM designed the observational study. RM and KH performed data collection. RM performed data analysis with SM and CLD supervision. RM wrote the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.