Paediatric treadmill injuries: an increasing problem

Lawrence H Kim, Deborah A Maze, Susan Adams, Sarah Guitonich, Siobhan Connolly, Anne Darton and Andrew J A Holland
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02918.x
Published online: 2 November 2009

To the Editor: A previous report from our institutions identified a steady increase in the prevalence of paediatric treadmill friction burn injuries, from three in 2001 to 17 in 2006.1 We sought to determine whether there was any change in this trend during the past 2 years.

  • 1 Burns Unit, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, University of Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Paediatric Surgery, Sydney Children’s Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 NSW Severe Burn Injury Service, Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce, Sydney, NSW.



We thank Dr April Wong and Dr Erik La Hei for initial identification of paediatric treadmill injuries as a public health issue.


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