By Cara Roberts Murez
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — At Rutgers New Jersey Medical College’s trauma middle, Dr. Stephanie Bonne and her crew seen a string of affected person accidents brought on by damaged glass tables.

“They have been fairly critical, important accidents that required fairly large operations and lengthy hospital stays,” stated Bonne, who’s an assistant professor of surgical procedure and trauma medical director. “We wished to see, is there something that is recognized about this that we will determine. And, if not, perhaps we must always speak about it.”

Bonne’s group discovered greater than 3,200 U.S. instances of glass table-related accidents requiring trauma middle care occurring between 2009 and 2015. The information was collected from the 96 pattern hospitals included within the Nationwide Digital Harm Surveillance System database. Greater than half of the accidents have been traced to defective glass tables, the researchers famous.

Multiplying that by the just about 5,000 emergency care facilities nationwide, Bonne’s crew estimated there are about 13,800 U.S. instances of extreme damage tied to glass tables every year.

The crew additionally seemed extra intently on the 24 instances that their Degree 1 trauma middle handled between 2001 and 2016. On this smaller grouping, the investigators discovered that half of their sufferers skilled accidents to their deep organs, higher torso, abdomen or joint cavities and required surgical procedure. About 8% died inside a month of damage. A lot of the accidents have been suffered by kids youthful than age 7 or adults of their early 20s.

The findings have been revealed on-line lately within the American Journal of Surgical procedure.

“We actually wrote this as a name to motion for the Client Product Security Fee and for there to be necessary requirements,” Bonne stated.

The catalyst for the accidents diverse, from youngsters leaping from sofa to espresso desk to somebody by accident dropping a wiggly little one onto a desk. Typically folks have been shifting the furnishings and the desk broke of their palms. Different occasions, it collapsed when somebody stood on it.

“It looks as if it is such an innocuous determination that may have such main affect,” Bonne stated, of the selection to personal a glass desk.


“I believe it is essential when you’ve got kids, when you’ve got individuals who might fall in the home, to think about this once you’re contemplating whether or not that is your best option to your dwelling,” Bonne stated. “And in addition to encourage the producers to acknowledge that this can be a actual downside and take it upon themselves to guarantee that both glass is tempered or that it is thick sufficient that it is not liable to interrupt.”

Bonne likened this to rules that improved the security of car glass.

“That was a very essential public well being development, so we may be doing the identical factor for furnishings,” Bonne stated. Proper now, in accordance with the U.S. Client Product Security Fee, tempered glass is required for doorways however voluntary for horizontal surfaces in america, the researchers identified.

Bonne additionally urged this info gives a chance for pediatricians to supply steering, asking dad and mom about glass tables within the house in the identical approach they may ask whether or not chemical substances are secured or car seats are the suitable measurement.

Although the breaking desk glass may cause important accidents, the numbers are small relative to different causes of great damage, equivalent to gunshot wounds, for which there have been practically 40,000 deaths in 2017. The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention additionally places motorcar crash deaths at greater than 38,000 in 2017 and estimates that for every demise, 9 folks have been hospitalized and 88 folks have been handled and launched from emergency departments.

Though the Rutgers trauma middle noticed a excessive share of extreme instances for his or her sufferers who have been injured by desk glass, that may fluctuate.

Dr. Sean McGann, an emergency doctor for Jefferson Well being in Philadelphia, has seen quite a few minor glass desk accidents, however has not handled anybody with the foremost desk glass accidents described by the Rutgers trauma middle crew.

“When you take glass as an entire it is a fairly important damage mechanism, however I do not know that, at the least in my profession, glass tables have been a major mechanism,” stated McGann, who’s a spokesperson for the American Faculty of Emergency Physicians. “No matter how usually it occurs, it does occur.”


Broken glass can break into massive, sharp shards that may act just like a knife, inflicting lacerations and penetrating wounds. Dad and mom can assist stop glass accidents — whether or not from furnishings, home windows or different sources — by working towards warning and supervising youngsters, McGann suggested.

“With kids, clearly, all the time keeping track of them and being conscious of what they’re enjoying with and what they’re enjoying on, relating to glass and tables normally,” McGann added.

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SOURCES: Stephanie Bonne, MD, assistant professor,  surgical procedure, and trauma medical director, trauma middle, Rutgers New Jersey Medical College, Newark, N.J.; Sean McGann, MD, emergency doctor, Jefferson Well being, Philadelphia, and spokesperson, American Faculty of Emergency Physicians;American Journal of Surgical procedure, July 26, 2020, on-line

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