CURRENT PRACTICE IN PAEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA CARE: A RETROSPECTIVE COMPARISON STUDY

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Abstract

Accidental injury has been demonstrated repeatedly to be the leading cause of morbidity, mortality and hospital admission in children aged 5-16 years in the UK, with an estimated annual cost of £200 million.1,2The past 40 years have seen an increase in paediatric fracture rates by at least 30 per cent, as reflected by increased hospital admission rates.2-4This illustrates the continuation of a trend identified by a large Swedish study of more than 8,000 paediatric fractures between the years 1950 and 1979, which showed a doubling of the incidence of fractures for boys and girls below the age of 16 during the course of this 30-year period.5

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