Pediatric Electric Bicycle Injuries: The Experience of a Large Urban Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital

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Abstract

Background

Electric bicycles (E-bikes) are one of a wide range of light electric vehicles that provide convenient local transportation and attractive recreational opportunities. The aim of this study was to report E-bike–related injuries in children presenting to a trauma center.

Methods

Retrospective observational study, from December 2014 to November 2015, which included all pediatrics patients admitted to the emergency department with an injury related to E-bike use, was performed.

Results

A total of 97 E-bike injuries presented to the emergency department during this period. Mean age of E-bikers was 13.7 years (range, 7.5–16 years). Injuries to the head and the upper and the lower extremities were the most common. Thirteen patients (15%) were admitted, and 4 underwent surgery.

Conclusions

Children are mainly injured as riders when using E-bikes. There is a need for regulation regarding the use of E-bikes to enhance the safety of both bikers and other road and pavement users.

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