Sunday, 17 September 2017

1 in 2 children in car accidents not properly restrained

Parents should not be stingy when it comes to children's safety. Proper child seat is necessary as it could save life.
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One in two children who were inside a car during an accident were not in child seats or properly restrained, according to a study by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) from January 2012 to April 2016.

The figure was even higher for younger children – more than three out of five children under the age of two had not been restrained when an accident occurred.

The study covered 2,468 children up to the age of 16 who were taken to the accident and emergency departments of KKH and National University Hospital within 24 hours of a road traffic-related injury. They included infants and children inside a car during the accident, as well as pedestrians and those on bicycles and motorcycles who were involved in a crash with a car.

The report:
  • Nearly a quarter of the children (24%) in the study required hospitalisation, 
  • The majority (67%) had soft tissue injuries, 
  • 5.4% were brought to the hospital in critical condition and needed cardiopulmonary resuscitation or surgery,
  • Six children died of their injuries, and 
  • 51 were warded in the intensive care unit.
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