The impact of a temporary ice-rink on an emergency department service.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208834
Title:
The impact of a temporary ice-rink on an emergency department service.
Authors:
Clarke, Heather J; Ryan, Damien; Cullen, Ivor; Cusack, Stephen
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork,, Ireland.
Citation:
Eur J Emerg Med. 2006 Aug;13(4):204-8.
Journal:
European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society, for Emergency Medicine
Issue Date:
3-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208834
DOI:
10.1097/01.mej.0000209054.70634.1d
PubMed ID:
16816583
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: A temporary ice-rink opened close to Cork city for 6 weeks from 30 November 2003. During this time, a number of patients presented to the local emergency departments with ice-skating-related injuries. We documented these injuries. METHODS: All patients presenting to emergency departments in Cork city with ice-skating-related complaints were included. Information on age and sex, mechanism of injury, diagnosis, follow-up/disposition and ambulance service utilization was recorded. RESULTS: One hundred and twenty-five ice-rink-related attendances were reported at Cork emergency departments, representing 1.25% of total attendances. One hundred and twenty-three patients presented with skating-related injuries and two with medical complaints occurring at the ice-rink: 70.8% were female patients and 29.2% were male patients. In the 4-14-year age group, however, 48.5% were girls and 51.5% were boys. Most injuries were directly due to falls; 5.6% were due to skate blades. The commonest site of injury was the upper limb. Fractures and dislocations accounted for 53.9% of injuries, with 20.5% of these requiring orthopaedic admission. Lacerations and digital injuries accounted for 7.1%, with 11% of these required admission for surgery. One minor head injury was reported. 38.1% had soft tissue injuries. Fifteen patients were transported by ambulance. These attendances represented a minimum overall cost of 77,510 euro to the local health service. CONCLUSIONS: A temporary ice-rink had a significant impact on local emergency departments. Currently, there is no specific legislation in Ireland relating to public health and safety in ice-rinks. We recommend consultation with local public bodies before opening such facilities, and appropriate regulation.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Adolescent; Adult; Ambulances/utilization; Child; Child, Preschool; Emergency Service, Hospital/economics/*utilization; Female; *Health Care Costs; Humans; Ireland/epidemiology; Male; Retrospective Studies; Skating/*injuries; Wounds and Injuries/economics/epidemiology/prevention & control
ISSN:
0969-9546 (Print); 0969-9546 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Heather Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRyan, Damienen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCullen, Ivoren_GB
dc.contributor.authorCusack, Stephenen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T15:04:53Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-03T15:04:53Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-03T15:04:53Z-
dc.identifier.citationEur J Emerg Med. 2006 Aug;13(4):204-8.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0969-9546 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0969-9546 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid16816583en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1097/01.mej.0000209054.70634.1den_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/208834-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: A temporary ice-rink opened close to Cork city for 6 weeks from 30 November 2003. During this time, a number of patients presented to the local emergency departments with ice-skating-related injuries. We documented these injuries. METHODS: All patients presenting to emergency departments in Cork city with ice-skating-related complaints were included. Information on age and sex, mechanism of injury, diagnosis, follow-up/disposition and ambulance service utilization was recorded. RESULTS: One hundred and twenty-five ice-rink-related attendances were reported at Cork emergency departments, representing 1.25% of total attendances. One hundred and twenty-three patients presented with skating-related injuries and two with medical complaints occurring at the ice-rink: 70.8% were female patients and 29.2% were male patients. In the 4-14-year age group, however, 48.5% were girls and 51.5% were boys. Most injuries were directly due to falls; 5.6% were due to skate blades. The commonest site of injury was the upper limb. Fractures and dislocations accounted for 53.9% of injuries, with 20.5% of these requiring orthopaedic admission. Lacerations and digital injuries accounted for 7.1%, with 11% of these required admission for surgery. One minor head injury was reported. 38.1% had soft tissue injuries. Fifteen patients were transported by ambulance. These attendances represented a minimum overall cost of 77,510 euro to the local health service. CONCLUSIONS: A temporary ice-rink had a significant impact on local emergency departments. Currently, there is no specific legislation in Ireland relating to public health and safety in ice-rinks. We recommend consultation with local public bodies before opening such facilities, and appropriate regulation.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_GB
dc.subject.meshAdulten_GB
dc.subject.meshAmbulances/utilizationen_GB
dc.subject.meshChilden_GB
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen_GB
dc.subject.meshEmergency Service, Hospital/economics/*utilizationen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Health Care Costsen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshIreland/epidemiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshRetrospective Studiesen_GB
dc.subject.meshSkating/*injuriesen_GB
dc.subject.meshWounds and Injuries/economics/epidemiology/prevention & controlen_GB
dc.titleThe impact of a temporary ice-rink on an emergency department service.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork,, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalEuropean journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society, for Emergency Medicineen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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