HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Home paper shredders pose serious injury risk to toddlers

As our environments change over time with technology, pediatric emergency specialists are continuously challenged to observe possible trends and prevent more injuries by educating the public. In a new case report published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers at New York University School of Medicine discuss the serious injury risks posed by paper shredders, which have become increasingly common household items.

"It's a dangerous piece of machinery and leaving it in the home unattended and accessible to young children could result in a serious hand injury," said George Foltin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Bellevue Hospital Center. "If you have one, it needs to be unplugged and out of children's reach."

The authors also summarize the findings of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) recent investigation into home paper shredder injuries. The article discusses several points of concern including the ages of injured. Twenty-two (71%) of the 31 home paper shredder injuries involved children under 12 years of age and over half of those injuries involved children under 3 years of age. Most of the injuries that resulted in amputations occurred mostly to children under 6 years of age.

Easy access to the shredder and to the blades itself was also a major area of concern. The CPSC assessment of sample home paper shredders ranged from 13 to 16.5 inches, allowing easy access to toddlers. Additionally, every machine tested by the CPSC was found to potentially allow a child's fingers to contact the cutting blades. Moreover, the control switches on many models did not have on/off switches. Some models even had "auto" settings where the blades are activated when papers are placed in the opening. The report also found that no machine tested had a release mechanism to allow separation
'"/>

Contact: Jennifer Choi
jennifer.choi@nyumc.org
212-404-3555
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine
6-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Nevada scientist authors influential AIDS/HIV paper
2. Rotavirus vaccine papers win the Lancets Paper of the Year 2006
3. Tanning ads commonly seen in high school newspapers
4. Newspaper coverage of neurologic conditions incorrect 20 percent of the time, study shows
5. Two papers win the Lancets Paper of The Year 2005
6. UCLA paper examines how one disease may prevent another
7. Two landmark papers on amputation prevention in diabetes unveiled
8. Conference on health communication call for papers and panel proposals
9. Seat belt injuries could signal more serious trauma in children
10. Take fatigue seriously, says University of Alberta researcher
11. Increased patient demand for prostate test has serious implications for cancer services

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... AngioGenesis Labs sold 300 ... Mississippi. AngioGenesis Labs, makers of HeartBoost, BrainBest and BeautyBest, achieved these results while ... HeartBoost, an over the counter heart healthy drink, can reduce Arterial Plaque, Lower ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Dr. Angela Cotey, a ... treatment and accepting new pediatric patients, with or without a referral. Dr. Cotey knows ... a better orthodontic outcome and experience. When patients receive early treatment, they may achieve ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Curio Wellness , a premium medical cannabis ... the company’s executive management team with prominent executives from both inside and outside the ... Operating Officer, Ted Dumbauld , who has more than twenty years of business ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... Yorba Linda, Ca (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2017 , ... ... treatment of a growing number of cancers and is touted to be the next ... of treatment, thus far, has been in the form of immune checkpoint inhibitors such ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... , ... The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to ... $10 million gift to establish the Ken Moelis and Julie Taffet Moelis Advance ... Wharton MBA for highly-qualified Penn undergraduates whose academic and career interests expand traditional notions ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... NEW YORK , March 29, 2017 ... ... society and the public safety in regulating marijuana, but economic ... revenues, job creation, and reduced law enforcement costs. However, to ... like those provided by SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) ( SING ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Medicure Inc. ("Medicure") ... financial results for the year ended December 31, ... 2017. The results are being released later than ... statements will include the operations and balances of ... 2016.  This release and filing date meets TSX ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... The global emerging cancer diagnostics market is ... 2016 to 2023 and reach a figure of $6.34 ... a chronic disease and is affecting a huge population. ... This report is focused on emerging cancer diagnostics market ... propelled due to factors such as: increasing number of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: