- Injuries associated with electric scooters (e-scooters) are on the rise, and one-third are head injuries—twice the rate that bicyclists experience.
- Authors urge efforts to promote helmet use.
Why this matters
- E-scooter availability in urban settings is rising, and the public-health effects are not yet clear.
- This study of a national database found similar results to those of a recent 2-center case series.
- During the study period, an estimated 39,113 e-scooter injuries occurred (95% CI, 28,151-50,074).
- Body parts injured in 2018:
- Head: 32% (95% CI, 26%-38%).
- Upper extremity: 26% (95% CI, 21%-31%).
- Lower extremity: 32% (95% CI, 27%-37%).
- Both injuries and hospital admissions rose dramatically from 2017 to 2018.
- Increases during study period among people aged 18-34 years:
- Injuries: from 13% to 36% (P<.001>
- Hospital admissions: from 10% to 44% (P=.02).
- Study of powered scooter injuries recorded in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), 2014-2018.
- Outcomes: injury types, ages, incidences.
- Funding: Anita and Kevan Del Grande.
- No data on collision scenario, alcohol, or helmet use.
- May have inadvertently captured incidents associated with assisted-living scooters.