ISSN 2149-5807 | E-ISSN 2149-6048
Original Article
Severe Craniocerebral Traumas From Television-Tip-Over in Children
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Atatürk University School of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Atatürk University School of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Emerg Med ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/eajem.2018.18480
Key Words: home accidents, head trauma, television, children
Abstract

 

Objective: To present a detailed description and to assess outcomes of trauma caused by televisions toppling onto children during the last 17 years.

 

Methods: The records of 34 patients aged 0 to 16 years with television-related serious head injuries applying to a tertiary hospital during the last 17 years were retrospectively reviewed. From the hospital’s file recordings, authors retrieved data about demographic information, the Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale (PGCS), length of hospital stay, injuries supervened to the scalp, cranium, or brain, and the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS).

 

Results: Thirty-four children were injured following television falls during January 2000 and December 2017. Of the children, 44.1% (n=15) were toddlers aged 2–3 years and 73.5% (n=25) were girls. All of the injuries occurred at home, and all of them had skull fractures. Five children (14.3%) had a PGCS of less than 7 and seven patients (20.6%) died in hospital. The median duration of hospitalization was two days (min. 1, max. 27) and 23 patients (67.6%) were discharged to home with a good outcome.

 

Conclusions: These data indicate that television-related injuries are still an important source of hazard, especially for toddlers. TV-related home accident prevention programs should include awareness-raising campaigns for parents as well as setting production and construction standards for the industry.

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