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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. 1Academic Training, Institute in the Park, Alder Hey, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Paediatric 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}doctors.org.uk

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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.