New Report Indicates Cell Phone Injuries On The Rise Nationwide

Henrietta Strickland
December 7, 2019

Paskhover pulled information from somewhere in the range of 1998 and 2017 on cellphone-related wounds to the head and neck from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) database, which holds data about wounds treated in crisis divisions at around 100 United States clinics. Researchers found 2,501 patients who sought medical treatment for these injuries. If translated onto a national scale, the number of cases would amount to more than 76,000 people, the authors estimated.

Around 2007 - the year the first iPhone was discharged - the quantity of head wounds brought about by cellphones spiked, as indicated by this new examination, which was distributed in the diary JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Small-to-moderate associations with distraction-related as opposed to mechanical cell-phone injury were seen in people age 50 and older. "People wouldn't walk around reading a magazine".

The majority of patients hurt their head, followed by the face, including the eye and nose area, and lastly the neck.

The demographic most likely to experience an increased risk of injuries while using mobile devices are those ages 13 to 29 during such tasks as walking, texting and driving - a topic often under scrutiny by researchers who explore accidents occurring while texting and driving. For those under 13, most injuries were caused by the cellphone itself (82%), such as a phone battery exploding. "It happens", he noted.

"Facial lacerations and subsequent scarring can lead to anxiety and lowered self-esteem", the authors wrote, especially when infection occurs, which can increase the need for scar revision and other cosmetic surgery.

Another quarter of patients suffered bruises and abrasions. "For example, although concussion is a separate diagnosis, any diagnosis deemed more severe (e.g., subdural hematoma or cerebral contusion) is coded as an 'internal organ injury, '" according to Paskhover and colleagues. "Distracted walking, bicycling, and driving are common and extremely risky activities among youth that increases their risk of injury", said Stavrinos, who co-authored a paper on that topic. "A fall from upright - you fall, you hit your head the wrong way, you get a traumatic brain injury".

That's according to a study published Thursday that found a spike in USA emergency room treatment for these mostly minor injuries. This is a group that was significantly more likely to be injured during activities (such as driving, walking, and texting) than directly by the cell phone (such as being accidentally struck by it). "People are crossing Park Avenue in New York City without looking".

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