Numerous injuries were caused by falls when people were looking at their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings - like texting while walking, for example, Paskhover said. "Clearly people wouldn't read a magazine while they're walking, but they'd read an article on their phone", they says. About 50% resulted from distracted driving and one-third from distracted walking.
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.
Another shocking thing that the study found out was that people also reported injuries after getting hit by phones that were thrown at them.
Nationally, they estimated that there were about 76,000 people injured during that time.
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Roman Povolotskiy, from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, and colleagues assessed data from a national database to identify 2,501 individuals (55 percent female and 37.6 percent aged 13 to 29 years) with head and neck injuries related to cellphone use who presented to USA emergency departments (1998 through 2017).
Around 2007 - the year the first iPhone was discharged - the quantity of head wounds brought about by cellphones spiked, as indicated by this new examination, which was distributed in the diary JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The study calls traumatic lacerations common, noting that about 6 million patients are treated for them each year, costing the healthcare system $3 billion annually. "For example, although concussion is a separate diagnosis, any diagnosis deemed more severe (e.g., subdural hematoma or cerebral contusion) is coded as an 'internal organ injury, '" according to Paskhover and colleagues. However, internal organ injuries made up nearly a fifth of the cases, or 18%.
The surgeon's advice for people who want to reduce their risk of these types of injuries?
"We have a skull that protects our brain, but it doesn't mean it's impervious".
It's not just patients who may need to be reminded of safe cell-phone use, previous authors have suggested - restrictions on phones in the operating room have been proposed. The study showed that most people received treatment and immediately released instead of being hospitalized.