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Electric scooter ER visits jump 160 percent at Utah hospital, spiking across country

from Becker's Hospital Review

Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health saw a 161 percent increase in emergency room visits involving scooters this year after comparing its statistics with the same three-month period in 2017, The Washington Post reports. ER physicians treated eight patients injured by scooters between June and September 2017. Most of these injuries likely resulted from patients' personal devices rather than the electric fleet vehicles owned by Bird, Lime and other companies, according to the Post. The hospital said about half of the injuries this year were fractures and dislocations of ankles, wrists, elbows and shoulders. It also saw several sprains, lacerations and head injuries. more

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