Cape Coral Injury Attorneys Warn Parents About Batteries Ingestion Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on May 31, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyAs Cape Coral injury attorneys, we are concerned by a new report that the number of battery-related emergency department (ED) visits for children nearly doubled between 1990 and 2009. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, calls for added preventive efforts by caregivers and improved childproof designs by manufacturers.

As reported by Medscape, children under age five were at greatest risk for injury. In addition, accidents often involved the small, coin-like batteries that power toys, games, and watches and for younger children.

Below are a few other noteworthy findings that parents and caregivers should consider:

  • The researchers estimate that 65,788 children younger than 18 years visited EDs for battery-related incidents during the study period. That averages to 3289 visits per year, or 1 visit approximately every 3 hours. Almost 80% of the patients were 5 years old or younger. One-year-old children accounted for 20.9% of all visits, which was the largest proportion for any single age.
  • Overall, the rate of visits increased from 4 per 100,000 children in 1990 to 7.4 per 100,000 in 2009. For children aged 5 years and younger, however, the rate was almost twice as high and increased from 10 per 100,000 in 1990 to 19.1 per 100,000 in 2009
  • The number of visits associated with coin-like "button" batteries more than doubled from 1301 in 1990 to 2785 in 2009. These batteries were implicated in >80% of all ED visits for which battery type was specified. Cylindrical batteries were involved in 16.2% of the visits.
  • Most visits (76.6%) resulted from children ingesting batteries; nasal cavity insertion accounted for 10.2% of the visits, mouth exposure for 7.5%, and ear canal insertion for 5.7%.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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