In a recent study, researchers published that auto accidents were found to be the most common cause of traumatic injuries in children admitted to Intensive Care Units. New research is showing the likelihood that this occurs, especially on high traffic roadways.
Of the 1200 medical responses noted in a year long study, 514 of the incidents reported trauma, 52 of which were children between 6-12 years old. Of those 44% of the children required transportation to the hospital. Fortunately no deaths were reported.
Unfortunately, all of the children suffered at the bare minimum, a mild traumatic brain injury. The researchers noted that is is important for drivers travelling with small children to be extra cautious on heavy traffic roadways. They also recommend that the emergency medical technicians maintain or search out extra certifications and coursework in treating the pediatric patient who has suffered traumatic injuries from an auto accident.