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Cell phone-related injuries sending more to the ED

from MedPage Today

Emergency departments are seeing more head and neck injuries attributed to smartphone use, researchers found, with the introduction of smartphones appearing to be a critical juncture. Injuries attributed to cell phone use rose gradually from 1998 to 2009, then accelerated dramatically through 2017, according to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). The Apple iPhone launched in June 2007, followed over the next two years by improved models and competitors from Samsung and other companies. From 2009 to 2017, rates of cell phone-related injuries climbed from approximately 7 per million person-years to upwards of 25 per million, reported Boris Paskhover, MD, of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, and colleagues in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. more

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