African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
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


Zineb Benmassaoud1, Fatoumata Binta Balde1, Zineb Oudghiri1, Mohammed Tazi Charki2, Hicham Abdellaoui2, Karima Atarraf2, My Abderrahmane Afifi2 
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 Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Zineb Benmassaoud
Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hassan II University Hospital, Fez
Morocco

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.


How to cite this article:
Benmassaoud Z, Balde FB, Oudghiri Z, Charki MT, Abdellaoui H, Atarraf K, Afifi MA. Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the epidemiologic and clinic profiles of domestic accidents in children.Afr J Paediatr Surg 2022;19:65-67


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Benmassaoud Z, Balde FB, Oudghiri Z, Charki MT, Abdellaoui H, Atarraf K, Afifi MA. Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the epidemiologic and clinic profiles of domestic accidents in children. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jul 3 ];19:65-67
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