- This study suggests the public might benefit from education about the risks of cell phone use, especially with regard to distraction.
Why this matters
- Head and neck injuries can impose heavy psychological and financial burdens.
- Extrapolating from database sample, 76,043 patients sustained cell phone-related injuries over the study period.
- Injury locations:
- Head: 33.1%.
- Face, including eyes and nose: 32.7%.
- Neck: 12.5%.
- Injury types:
- Laceration: 26.3%.
- Contusion/abrasion: 24.5%.
- Internal organ injury (e.g., mild traumatic brain injury): 18.4%.
- Incidence rose steadily over the study period, with steep increases in 2007 and 2016.
- Distraction, including while texting and use while driving or walking, accounted for at least 18.6% of injuries.
- 60.3% of distraction injuries occurred among users aged 13-29 years.
- Retrospective cross-sectional study of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), which included records of patients presenting to 100 US emergency departments with injuries associated with cell phone use, 1998-2017 (n=2501).
- Outcomes: incidence, types, mechanisms of injury.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- NEISS does not capture visits to urgent care or other care settings.