- Since 2015, rates of injuries involving drones have risen.
- Propeller guards, hand protection, and safety goggles might help reduce common injury patterns among drone and model-aircraft hobbyists.
Why this matters
- Propeller caused 74.2% of injuries (95% CI, 68.6%-79.8%).
- Lacerations/amputations/avulsions accounted for 88.5% of injuries (95% CI, 84.1%-92.9%).
- Injured body part:
- Upper extremity: 65.7% (95% CI, 57.2%-74.1%).
- Head/face/trunk/other: 34.3% (95% CI, 25.9%-42.8%).
- Drone vs model airplane/helicopter injuries:
- Incidence rose beginning 2015 vs falling beginning 2016.
- Mean patient age, 34 vs 58 years (P<.001>
- Proportion of female patients: 13.1% vs 0.4% (P<.001>
- Likelier to arise from blunt trauma (40.5% vs 7.9%; P<.001 e.g. falling during retrieval vs or being hit by model class="">
- Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which captures consumer product-related injuries treated in US emergency departments, 2010-2017 (n=12,842).
- Outcomes: demographics, injury patterns.
- Funding: None.
- Unclear whether injured parties were operators or bystanders.