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TABLE 1

Characteristics of Infant Walker–Related Injuries Among Children <15 Months Old Treated in US EDs (NEISS 1990–2014)

CharacteristicsNational Estimate, n (%a)95% CI
Study total 230 676 (100) 189 808–271 544 
Sex   
 Male 136 214 (59.1) 111 599–160 830 
 Female 94 293 (40.9) 77 776–110 809 
 Subtotal 230 507 (100.0) 189 917–271 097 
Location   
 Home 169 312 (98.8) 137 361–201 264 
 Other 1996 (1.2) 1324–2668 
 Subtotal 171 308 (100.0) 139 231–203 386 
Body region injured   
 Head or neck 206 709 (90.6) 168 563–244 856 
 Upper extremity 10 244 (4.5) 8327–12 160 
 Lower extremity 4595 (2.0) 3425–5765 
 Other 6599 (2.9) 4939–8258 
 Subtotal 228 146 (100.0) 187 764–268 528 
Diagnosis   
 Soft-tissue injury 115 897 (50.5) 94 575–137 220 
 Concussion or CHI 60 967 (26.5) 41 561–80 373 
 Laceration 23 259 (10.1) 19 042–27 477 
 Fracture 11 798 (5.1) 8435–15 160 
 Burn 5397 (2.4) 3938–6856 
 Other 12 327 (5.4) 10 192–14 463 
 Subtotal 229 646 (100.0) 189 045–270 246 
Disposition from ED   
 Treated and released 219 653 (95.4) 181 010–258 297 
 Admitted 10 408 (4.5) 7426–13 390 
 Left against medical advice 212 (0.1)b 2–422 
 Subtotal 230 273 (100.0) 189 615–270 931 
Mechanism of injury   
 Fell down the stairs 169 809 (74.1) 134 715–204 903 
 Fell out of walker 33 776 (14.7) 27 387–40 165 
 Proximity mechanism 6455 (2.8) 4942–7969 
  Pulled on object 4378 (1.9) 3211–5546 
  Direct thermal contact 2077 (0.9) 1342–2812 
 Other 19 244 (8.4) 16 025–22 463 
  Struck on surface 8451 (3.7) 6629–10 273 
  Struck by object or person 2836 (1.2) 2019–3654 
  Entanglement 1689 (0.7) 1117–2260 
  Product malfunction 1149 (0.5)b 581–1717 
  Removed from walker by adult 907 (0.4)b 432–1383 
  Other 4211 (1.8) 3147–5275 
 Subtotal 229 284 (100.0) 188 769–269 799 
No. steps child fell down   
 ≤10 steps 51 917 (66.3) 39 476–64 358 
 >10 steps 26 353 (33.7) 19 889–32 816 
 Subtotal 78 270 (100.0) 60 418–96 121 
CharacteristicsNational Estimate, n (%a)95% CI
Study total 230 676 (100) 189 808–271 544 
Sex   
 Male 136 214 (59.1) 111 599–160 830 
 Female 94 293 (40.9) 77 776–110 809 
 Subtotal 230 507 (100.0) 189 917–271 097 
Location   
 Home 169 312 (98.8) 137 361–201 264 
 Other 1996 (1.2) 1324–2668 
 Subtotal 171 308 (100.0) 139 231–203 386 
Body region injured   
 Head or neck 206 709 (90.6) 168 563–244 856 
 Upper extremity 10 244 (4.5) 8327–12 160 
 Lower extremity 4595 (2.0) 3425–5765 
 Other 6599 (2.9) 4939–8258 
 Subtotal 228 146 (100.0) 187 764–268 528 
Diagnosis   
 Soft-tissue injury 115 897 (50.5) 94 575–137 220 
 Concussion or CHI 60 967 (26.5) 41 561–80 373 
 Laceration 23 259 (10.1) 19 042–27 477 
 Fracture 11 798 (5.1) 8435–15 160 
 Burn 5397 (2.4) 3938–6856 
 Other 12 327 (5.4) 10 192–14 463 
 Subtotal 229 646 (100.0) 189 045–270 246 
Disposition from ED   
 Treated and released 219 653 (95.4) 181 010–258 297 
 Admitted 10 408 (4.5) 7426–13 390 
 Left against medical advice 212 (0.1)b 2–422 
 Subtotal 230 273 (100.0) 189 615–270 931 
Mechanism of injury   
 Fell down the stairs 169 809 (74.1) 134 715–204 903 
 Fell out of walker 33 776 (14.7) 27 387–40 165 
 Proximity mechanism 6455 (2.8) 4942–7969 
  Pulled on object 4378 (1.9) 3211–5546 
  Direct thermal contact 2077 (0.9) 1342–2812 
 Other 19 244 (8.4) 16 025–22 463 
  Struck on surface 8451 (3.7) 6629–10 273 
  Struck by object or person 2836 (1.2) 2019–3654 
  Entanglement 1689 (0.7) 1117–2260 
  Product malfunction 1149 (0.5)b 581–1717 
  Removed from walker by adult 907 (0.4)b 432–1383 
  Other 4211 (1.8) 3147–5275 
 Subtotal 229 284 (100.0) 188 769–269 799 
No. steps child fell down   
 ≤10 steps 51 917 (66.3) 39 476–64 358 
 >10 steps 26 353 (33.7) 19 889–32 816 
 Subtotal 78 270 (100.0) 60 418–96 121 
a

Percentages may not sum to 100.0% because of rounding error.

b

Potentially unstable estimate because of sample size <20 cases, estimate <1200 cases, or coefficient of variation >33%.

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