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Researchers Study Medical Device Related Injuries in Children

Published on 07/27/2010 -

More than 70,000 teens and children visit the emergency room each year because of injuries related to medical devises according to researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

About one fourth of these injuries were attributable to contact lenses which caused problems such as eye abrasions and infection. Puncture wounds from hypodermic needles, ear tube infections, and skin tears resulting from gynecological exams were also common problems, according to researchers.

Researchers continue to look into why these problems have arisen and are also looking for ways to prevent them. The FDA is also researcher the prevalence of these problems in adult populations.

This is one of the first studies to evaluate device related injuries that occur within child populations.

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