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Electric scooter of birds parked in Marina del Rey Los Angeles neighborhood, California, October 21, 2018. a similar study published on Friday, January 25. The new study, published in the JAMA Network Open
is the first to try to track the pattern of injuries associated with electric scooters.  "Thousands of riders are already using daily electric scooters every day, along with millions of pedestrians and drivers in the streets of the United States," said the authors, a group of researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, who said that the new trend in transport is only expected to accelerate, as the wireless service for electric scooters Lime is valued at 1
.1 billion dollars and its competitive bird is worth over $ 2 billion. "Therefore, understanding the impact of the growing use of scooters on public health is more important than ever, "concludes researchers for a year, skipping injuries to scooters, collecting 249 reports of injuries related to electric scooters between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018. In comparison, they identified 195 bicycle injuries and 181 pedestrian injuries in the emergency services during the same time period
Of the injured in the scooter 58% are men and the average age is 33.7 years. Nearly 92% of the injured were people who rode on a scooter at the time of their injury. The rest are pedestrians who are not riders, including 11, who have been hit by scooters and five, who stumbled in parked scooters.
The most common types of injuries were head injuries, which represent 40% of scooter injuries in general. Although most were not serious cases and the injured were taken home from the emergency room, two cases were severe and accepted for intensive care. Other common injuries include bone fractures (32%) and clusters of injuries, sprains and tears (28%). And in a series of public observations, researchers noted that nearly 95% of riders did not wear helmets, despite local laws that require the use of a helmet. can inform health policy. The finding is timely, they note, as California has just signed a bird support law that removes the requirement for a helmet for riders of electric scooters over 18 years of age.
In an accompanying editorial, Frederick Rivara, an injury prevention expert, Washington stressed that health researchers are not trying to rain on the scout parade with injury data. "We are not troglodytes who are trying to fill the spirit back into the bottle," he writes. But, said Rivara, health experts have to work with micro-mobile companies, helmet manufacturers and politicians to deal with safety.
JAMA Network Open 2018. DOI: 10.1001 / jamanetworkopen.2018.7381 (for DOIs)