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Injuries in Day-care Centers

Injuries in Day-care Centers Abstract article by Landman and Landman1 on injuries to children in day-care centers was an interesting one, which unfortunately reached an erroneous conclusion. The authors state that, "comparison of the present injury rates to those found in non-day-care use is difficult." However, the authors go on to try to make such a comparison and there run into trouble. As their comparison, they use the studies by Gallagher et al2 on injuries treated in the emergency room. It is erroneous to compare these emergency room–treated injuries with the medically attended injuries documented in their study. Emergency room–treated injuries probably represent only approximately half of all medically attended injuries in children. Therefore, a more comparable rate would be twice that of the 16.11% figure used by the authors in the comparison. In addition, the authors are basing their figure of 7.02% from medically attended injuries on the reports of the day-care References 1. Landman PF, Landman GB: Accidental injuries in children in day-care centers . AJDC 1987;141:292-293. 2. Gallagher SS, Finison K, Guyer B, et al: The incidence of injuries among 87 000 Massachusetts children and adolescents: Results of the 1980-1981 statewide childhood injury prevention program surveillance system . Am J Public Health 1984; 74:1340-1347.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Injuries in Day-care Centers

Abstract

Abstract article by Landman and Landman1 on injuries to children in day-care centers was an interesting one, which unfortunately reached an erroneous conclusion. The authors state that, "comparison of the present injury rates to those found in non-day-care use is difficult." However, the authors go on to try to make such a comparison and there run into trouble. As their comparison, they use the studies by Gallagher et al2 on injuries treated in the emergency room. It is erroneous to...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1987 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460090015002
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Abstract

Abstract article by Landman and Landman1 on injuries to children in day-care centers was an interesting one, which unfortunately reached an erroneous conclusion. The authors state that, "comparison of the present injury rates to those found in non-day-care use is difficult." However, the authors go on to try to make such a comparison and there run into trouble. As their comparison, they use the studies by Gallagher et al2 on injuries treated in the emergency room. It is erroneous to compare these emergency room–treated injuries with the medically attended injuries documented in their study. Emergency room–treated injuries probably represent only approximately half of all medically attended injuries in children. Therefore, a more comparable rate would be twice that of the 16.11% figure used by the authors in the comparison. In addition, the authors are basing their figure of 7.02% from medically attended injuries on the reports of the day-care References 1. Landman PF, Landman GB: Accidental injuries in children in day-care centers . AJDC 1987;141:292-293. 2. Gallagher SS, Finison K, Guyer B, et al: The incidence of injuries among 87 000 Massachusetts children and adolescents: Results of the 1980-1981 statewide childhood injury prevention program surveillance system . Am J Public Health 1984; 74:1340-1347.Crossref

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 1987

References