Urban paediatric trauma due to stab wounds: An Israeli hospital experience

Ibrahim Abu-Kishk, Michael Vaiman*, Gidon Eshel, Gad Lotan

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the incidence and types of stab wounds to hospitalized children and adolescents. Subjects: The sample consisted of patients, age 6-18 years, who were admitted to our hospital with sustained injury between 1991 and 2007. Results: In total, 83 patients were admitted as a result of penetrating (n = 51) and superficial (n = 32) injuries. Eighty-two were hospitalized, and one was declared dead upon arrival. Only 11 patients were hospitalized during the 1991-2000 period, and 71 during the 2001-2007 period. Ten patients were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU); 23 patients were operated (hospital mortality = 0). Evacuation time (time from injury to hospital) was 10 min (mean time; maximum 35 min). Conclusion: This study found higher rates of hospitalization compared with those over a decade ago. These rates reflect not only changes in hospitalization trends and/or population growth in the hospital area but also an increase of urban violence. Israeli hospitalization system deals with paediatric trauma effectively, being well trained because of permanent terrorist activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201-1204
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume98
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Paediatrics
  • Stab wounds

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