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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-67

Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the epidemiologic and clinic profiles of domestic accidents in children

1 Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hassan II University Hospital, Fez, Morocco
2 Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hassan II University Hospital; Department of Orthopaedic Paediatric, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacology, Sidi Mohamed Ben AbdellahUniversity, Fez, Morocco

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Dr. Zineb Benmassaoud
Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hassan II University Hospital, Fez
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajps.AJPS_49_21

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Background: Domestic accident (DA) is any harmful accidental event that occurs suddenly in the home or its immediate surroundings. Our study aims to describe the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown in the epidemiological and clinical profiles of DAs in children and their management. Materials and Methods: This was a mixed descriptive study, comparing DAs occurring during the COVID-19 lockdown and the same period of the previous year. We exhaustively included all children aged from 0 to 15 years admitted for DAs. Results: The incidence of DAs remains above 50% in both groups. The average age was 7 years and boys were more affected. Before the COVID-19 lockdown, the most common mechanism encountered was accidents on the public highway 20.75%, while during the lockdown, it was represented by falls from a high place with a height of 2 m or more. During the lockdown, 33.86% of patients consulted after more than 24 h of the trauma. Supracondylar fractures and burns remained the most frequent. In all cases, the cumulative frequency of fractures decreased during the lockdown. The COVID-19 lockdown had no impact on patient's management. Conclusion: The COVID-19 lockdown has negatively increased the consultation delay. However, it has considerably reduced the incidence of fractures.

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