ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AMONG CHILDREN, OFTEN TALKED, LESS CONSIDERED
Senthil Kumar P*, R.A.Sankara Subramanian**, M.L.Vasantha Kumari***, M.Chidambaram****, P.Thirumalai *****
Kolunthu Subramanian Institute of Child Health and Research Centre, Madurai Medical College, Madurai. *, Kolunthu Subramanian Institute of Child Health and Research Centre, Madurai Medical College, Madurai. **, Kolunthu Subramanian Institute of Child Health and Research Centre, Madurai Medical College, Madurai. ***, Kolunthu Subramanian Institute of Child Health and Research Centre, Madurai Medical College, Madurai. ****, Kolunthu Subramanian Institute of Child Health and Research Centre, Madurai Medical College, Madurai. *****
Introduction
Many thoughts such as "taken all the books? Finished all his home work? uniform alright?", etc. come to parents minds when the child goes to school. But they do not realize that their child is at the risk on roads.

Pediatric Road traffic accidents (RTA) has become an emerging epidemic / problem "often talked but less considered" so far. This study gives a preliminary report about the facts & factors of Pediatric RTA.
Objective
  1. To assess the prevalence of pediatric RTA cases coming to hospital.
  2. To know the various epidemiological factors related to pediatric RTA.
Materials and Methods
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Study Place
Govt. Rajaji Hospital, Madurai.
Study Period
Nov 2004 to April 2005.
Study Design
Observational & Descriptive study.
Study Population
All the RTA Patients below the age of 15 years.
Analysis
Simple descriptive statistics was applied.
Methodology
  • Victims of RTA & their relatives were interviewed. A pretested Performa was used to document the related events.
  • Identification & Characterization of injuries were done with the help of Orthopedicians & Surgeons.
Results
  1. Total RTA cases 2641, Pediatric RTA cases - 240 (9.1%). Sex Distribution: Male - 166 (69.2%), Female - 74 (30.8%), Ratio: 2.2:1. Most common age group - 5 to 14 years. Most commonly affected victims - Children as pedestrians and playing on the road - 76.7%. Most common vehicle involved was 4 wheelers. Time of occurrence mostly 12.00 Noon to 6 pm. Day - Friday, then Saturday. Most common mode of injury - knocked down by vehicle. 0.9% of the driver did not have license.

  2. 2.1% of the drivers were found to have been intoxicated at the time of RTA.
Conclusion
  1. Total RTA cases 2641, Pediatric RTA cases - 240 (9.1%). Sex Distribution: Male - 166 (69.2%), Female - 74 (30.8%), Ratio: 2.2:1. Most common age group - 5 to 14 years. Most commonly affected victims - Children as pedestrians and playing on the road - 76.7%. Most common vehicle involved was 4 wheelers. Time of occurrence mostly 12.00 Noon to 6 pm. Day - Friday, then Saturday. Most common mode of injury - knocked down by vehicle. 0.9% of the driver did not have license.
  2. 2.1% of the drivers were found to have been intoxicated at the time of RTA.
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