Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Almost 4,000 Americans per year injured while using cellphones, study finds

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. "Given that most patients were discharged and not admitted for treatment, we assume that these were cases of mild traumatic brain injury", they continued.

Head and neck injuries related to cellphone use were relatively rare until the rate began to increase sharply in 2007, the year the first iPhone was released, followed by a much steeper increase that peaked in 2016. For those under 13, most injuries were caused by the cellphone itself (82%), such as a phone battery exploding. The majority of those wounds came while individuals were diverted; they were driving and messaging, or strolling while at the same time taking a gander at their telephones.

This study only looked at head and neck injuries from one database, but Paskhover said that injuries to arms, legs and other body parts - and even deaths - have occurred while walking and being distracted by a cellphone.

"Injuries from cellphone use have mainly been reported from incidences during driving, but other types of injuries have gone largely underreported", said study author Boris Paskhover from Rutgers University in the US.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology.

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A third of the cases involved the head; another third affected the face, including the eyelids, eye area and nose; and about 12 percent involved the neck.

In these latter cases, Paskhover said, children may be "playing with their parents' phone and someone gets hit in the face".

Another quarter of patients suffered bruises and abrasions. "I see patients who die just from falling". The researchers behind the study said their findings pointed to a need for more education about the risks of being distracted by cell phones. 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).

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

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