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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Offers Tips to Keep ATV Riders Safe
July 22, 2014
Many children and adults will spend summer months outside enjoying warmer weather and a host of activities involving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). As a result during warmer weather the reported number of all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related incidents also increases. Health care professionals at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt want to offer a reminder that safety comes first.
Four-wheeler injuries are a leading cause of trauma-related admissions to Children’s Hospital, where experts are urging adults and children who choose to ride to follow all safety precautions.
Since January of this year, Children’s Hospital has seen eight ATV-related trauma admissions.
“The biggest concern we have is that a majority of our ATV admissions were children who were not wearing helmets,” said Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program manager. Injuries to the head, face and abdomen, as well as orthopaedic injuries, are among the most common trauma seen.
Children are more prone to ATV injuries due to their lack of experience operating motorized vehicles, lack of psychomotor control and coordination, and lack of judgment that can result in risk-taking behavior and poor decision-making skills.
Children’s Hospital fully supports recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) that children 16 and under should not ride ATVs due to the high risk of serious injuries. However, if parents plan to allow children to ride an ATV despite the known risks these vehicles pose, the following safety measures are strongly recommended:
For more information on ATV safety and the Tennessee Coalition on ATV Safety, visit http://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/services.php?mid=9630.