The most commonly reported injury types in the study were lacerations, contusions, and internal organ injury in the head and neck areas. They concluded that "growing dependence on cell phones in modern life" is behind an uptick in mobile phone-related injuries.
"We hypothesize that distractions caused by cell phones were the biggest reason for injury and mainly affected people aged 13 to 29", Paskhover says.
Injuries caused by phones were found to be rare up until 2007-the year that the first iPhone was released.
The use of cell phones has also been linked to repetitive strain injuries to the hands and neck, and injuries to other parts of the body caused by distracted use. Researchers found 2,501 patients who sought medical treatment for these injuries.More news: New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip debuting inside Fortnite
"With an increasing number of devices and applications competing for users' attention, it is more important than ever to ensure the safe use of smartphones".
Paskhover and his colleagues identified a total of 2,501people who presented to hospitals with injuries of the head and neck related to cellphone use, based on data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System collected between 1998 and 2017. However Paskhover mentioned many had been attributable to distracted use together with texting whereas strolling, tripping and touchdown face-down on the sidewalk. According to the researchers, children under 13 years were significantly more likely to suffer a mechanical injury, such as a cell phone battery exploding or parents accidentally dropping a cell phone on a child or a child hitting themselves in the face with the phone.
What advice does Paskhover have to limit these injuries?
Nearly 95 percent of individuals who revealed wounds were either treated in the crisis office and quickly sent home, or sent home without treatment.More news: Woman shot in face at wedding because she stopped dancing
It added, "Although the disposition of most cases is simple, some injuries bear a risk of long-term complications".
"With respect to the head, the NEISS Coding Manual requires the most severe diagnosis to be coded".
Paskhover believes the number of indirect phone injuries are underestimated, either because people didn't attend the emergency room or were too embarrassed to report how the accidents happened.
Ultimately, the study highlights the need for more detailed, prospective studies to reveal the true impact of cell-phone associated injuries, according to Lee.More news: China to end electricity costs with a fake moon