Rise in phone-related injuries linked to iphone, Pokemon Go

Rise in phone-related injuries linked to iphone, Pokemon Go

This observational study analyzed 20 years of data on people who went to emergency departments with head and neck injuries from cell phone use to estimate the number of injuries, learn what types of injuries there were, and understand how the injuries occurred, such as from distracted driving or walking.

"I don't think people are aware of how fragile we are as humans", Paskhover told NBC News.

According to the study, most injuries were to the neck, face, eyes, nose, ears, and head.

"Not many people are going to come into an emergency room after a auto accident and say they were distracted by their phones", he explained.

In a news release, Paskhover said that there is a need to educate people about the hazards of cell phones and about distraction caused while doing other works as well. Of the injuries, cuts or lacerations made up 26 percent of cases, contusions or abrasions made up approximately 25 percent of cases, and internal organ injuries made up just over 18 percent of cases.

From 1998 to 2017, almost 76,000 people got cellphone related injuries.

According to one database, more than 2,500 men and women went to an emergency room for head and neck injuries sustained while using a smartphone between 1998 and 2017.

Children under 13 years were significantly more likely to suffer a mechanical injury, such as a cell phone battery exploding, parents accidentally dropping a cell phone on a child, or a child hitting themselves in the face with the phone. "Although mobile telephones were gaining popularity prior to that time point", the authors wrote, "their functions were limited and they were therefore less likely to be major distractions when compared to modern-day smartphones". However, internal organ injuries made up nearly a fifth of the cases, or 18%. Scientists attribute this to the market launch of the first iPhone and the subsequent spread of touch-screen smartphones, which require more attention and greatly distracted people from the situation around.

"We have a skull that protects our brain, but it doesn't mean it's impervious".

Cellphone injuries, per the NEISS database, really fall into two categories. Although the treatment of most cases is simple, some injuries carry a risk of long-term complications.

The takeaway is "don't be distracted - period", Paskhover said. "People are crossing Park Avenue in New York City without looking".

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