Cellphone-linked face injuries on rise, especially among youngsters

The study only looked at head and neck injuries, not other body parts. About 50 per cent were due to distracted driving and 30 per cent to walking down the street with one's nose in a smartphone.

"Most of the injuries in this study occurred at home; however, a smaller yet significant portion occurred in traffic environments".

Paskhover pulled information from somewhere in the range of 1998 and 2017 on cellphone-related wounds to the head and neck from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) database, which holds data about wounds treated in crisis divisions at around 100 United States clinics.

The three most common injury diagnoses were laceration (26.3%), contusion or abrasion (24.5%), and internal organ injury (18.4%).

The number of people who have injured their necks or heads while using using cell phones has spiked over the past two decades, with a sharp increase following the release of the iPhone, research has revealed.

People distracted by their cellphones are tripping, falling and hurting their heads and necks more often, with such injuries increasing "steeply" over a 20-year period, a new analysis has found.

Most people understand the dangers of texting and driving, Amato said, but the risk of serious head injuries associated with walking while using a cellphone may be underrated.

"As an emergency physician, I have personally taken care of patients that have walked into traffic, fallen in holes and other unsafe situations while on a phone", said Dr. Teresa Murray Amato, chair of emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish, in Forest Hills, New York. "Legally, they'd be opening a can of worms". Paskhover has also had patients who were playing a game on their phone when it slipped, hit them on the face and broke their nose. But they're usually not talking on the phone at the time. "They are looking at the screens, using the apps".

In all, more than 56 percent of cellphone-related injuries documented in the study were reported by women, while almost 40 percent occurred in teens and young adults.

Some accidents were precipitated by phones themselves, in conjunction with folks getting hit by a thrown phone.

Jama says our growing dependence on mobile devices requires patient injury prevention education in order to cut back on cell phone-related injuries.

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". "Put away the phone until you really need it", he said. You wouldn't do that with a book or a magazine. People would think you were insane. "But it's the exact same thing".

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