Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Cell phone injuries over 20 years analyzed

Cell phone injuries over 20 years analyzed

Some injuries were caused by the phones themselves, including people who were hit by a thrown phone.

When people are walking, they're looking at their phone and not their surroundings.

The authors found that teens and young adults between 13 and 29 years of age, as well as older adults, were more likely to report "user distraction" as the cause of their injuries, while children 13 years of age and younger were significantly more likely to "sustain direct mechanical injury from a cellphone".

Add facial cuts, bruises and fractures to cell phone risks and use them carelessly.

The researchers found that the most commonly reported subsites of injuries in the head and neck region included the head (33.1 percent); face, including eyelid, eye area, and nose (32.7 percent); and neck (12.5 percent).

A new study has identified an upward trend in injuries associated with cell phone usage. They used a weight variable provided by the NEISS database to estimate the number of nationwide cases, which yielded the weighted national total of 76,043 cases of cellphone-related injuries over the 20-year period.

According to one database, more than 2,500 men and women went to an emergency room for head and neck injuries sustained while using a smartphone between 1998 and 2017.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology.

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"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. Jama estimates the weighted total includes more than 76,000 patients across the U.S. affected by cell phone-related injuries. However, internal organ injuries made up nearly a fifth of the cases, or 18%. "Specifically, high-risk age groups should be targeted for education to prevent unnecessary injury". "Your brain is soft", he noted.

"If someone is walking down the street and they drip and fall, they're not going to say that they were being a schmuck and looking at their phone".

Most sufferers within the research weren't hospitalised, however the researchers mentioned the issue needs to be taken severely.

"The phone went from being a phone to being a mobile platform", Paskhover said.

Before you read this article, you better place your phone 10 to 20 inches away from your face.

Earlier this year, NY lawmakers proposed a ban on texting while crossing the street.

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