Paediatric pedestrian trauma: The danger after school
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 44, Issue 9, pages 488–491, September 2008
How to Cite
Newbury, C., Hsiao, K., Dansey, R. and Hamill, J. (2008), Paediatric pedestrian trauma: The danger after school. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 44: 488–491. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01330.x
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted for publication 20 February 2008.
Aim: To examine the demographics of road pedestrian trauma in children in the Auckland region and to provide data that can help target prevention strategies.
Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted of all children (0–14 years) in the Auckland region admitted to the hospital or killed following a pedestrian versus vehicle injury for the 6-year period 2000–2005. Excluded were pedestrians injured in a driveway.
Results: Over the 6-year period, 364 children were involved in pedestrian crashes resulting in 25 deaths. The median age was 7 years. Males comprised 63%. Pacific Islanders and Maori were over-represented. Three hundred seventeen patients had injury times recorded. Of these, 49% occurred between 3 and 7 pm. Injury peaks for school days showed a tri-modal pattern with injury peaks at 8–9 am, 3–4 pm and 5–6 pm with the 3–4 pm after-school peak predominating.
Conclusion: Prevention strategies should concentrate on the hours after school finishes and should be tailored for Maori and Pacific Island communities.