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Hot tubs 'pose serious risk for injury'.

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Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): There has been a drastic increase in the number of injuries from hot tubs over last 18 years, say researchers.

The study conducted by the Centre for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital A children's hospital is a hospital which offers its services exclusively to children. The number of children's hospitals proliferated in the 20th century, as pediatric medical and surgical specialties separated from internal medicine and adult surgical specialties.  showed that from 1990-2007, the number of unintentional hot tub-related injuries increased by 160 percent.

It showed 73 percent of the patients with hot tub-related injuries were older than 16 and approximately one half of all injuries resulted from slips and falls.

Lacerations were the most commonly reported injuries and the lower extremities lower extremity
The hip, thigh, leg, ankle, or foot. Also called inferior limb, pelvic limb.
 (and the head were the most frequently injured body parts.

"While the majority of injuries occurred among patients older than 16, children are still at high risk for hot tub-related injuries," said study author Dr Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator Noun 1. principal investigator - the scientist in charge of an experiment or research project

scientist - a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences
 at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"Due to the differing mechanisms of injury and the potential severity of these injuries, the pediatric pediatric /pe·di·at·ric/ (pe?de-at´rik) pertaining to the health of children.

Of or relating to pediatrics.
 population deserves special attention," McKenzie added.

Among children younger than 6 years, near-drowning was the most prevalent mechanism of injury, accounting for more than two-thirds of injuries, while children ages 6-12 were more likely to be injured by jumping and diving in or around a hot tub.

The most severe hot tub-related injuries associated with suction suction /suc·tion/ (suk´shun) aspiration of gas or fluid by mechanical means.

post-tussive suction  a sucking sound heard over a lung cavity just after a cough.
 drains (such as entanglement, body entrapment entrapment, in law, the instigation of a crime in the attempt to obtain cause for a criminal prosecution. Situations in which a government operative merely provides the occasion for the commission of a criminal act (e.g.  and drowning) are predominately seen in children.

Experts have recommended placing slip resistant surfacing in and around the hot tub and limiting time and temperature of hot tub exposure to 10-15 minutes at no more than 104A F can help prevent injuries.

Additionally, to prevent injuries to children, parents should keep hot tubs covered and locked when not in use, consider installing a fence or barrier around the area, set rules prohibiting jumping and diving, and comply with suction cover standards.

"Although some steps have been taken to make hot tubs safer, increased prevention efforts are needed," McKenzie added. (ANI)

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