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Journal of the Korean Society of Traumatology 2009;22(1):103-107.
The Clinical Characteristics of Amusement-park-related Injuries
Jae Hyuk Lee, Min Seob Sim, Hyoung Gon Song
Department of Emergency Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. cprking@skku.edu
경기도 지역의 일개 대형 놀이공원에서 발생한 환자를 통한 대형 놀이공원에서의 외상성 손상의 양상
이재혁∙심민섭∙송형곤
삼성서울병원 응급의학과
Abstract
PURPOSE
There are no reports on amusement-park-related injuries in Korea. Thus, the objective of this study was to describe traumatic injury patterns that occurring in an amusement park.
METHODS
The medical records of an infirmary were retrospectively reviewed. From January 1, 2008, to December 31 2008, patients who were transferred to the nearest emergency departments of hospitals for the purpose of further test and treatment were enrolled. Demographics, injury types and involved parts of the body were analyzed.
RESULTS
A total of 3,608 patients visited an infirmary for traumatic injury and about two-thirds had soft tissue injuries. Of those, 191 patients (5.3%) were transferred to the emergency department of a hospital. Of the patients who were transferred to a hospital, laceration and contusion were the responsible injuries for about half. Laceration was the most common injury in pediatric patients, and a sprain or a strain was the most common in adult patients. The most commonly injured parts of the body were the extremities in adult patients. However, in pediatric patients, injuries of the head, face and neck were similar to injuries of the extremities.
CONCLUSION
Soft tissue injury was the most common amusement-park-related injury. Laceration was the most common reason to transfer a patient to a hospital. There were differences in injury type and injured part of the body between adult and pediatric patients.
Key Words: Amusement park; Traumatic injury


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