TABLE 1

Characteristics of Pediatric Inflatable Bouncer–Related Injuries in the United States, 1990 to 2010

CharacteristicNational Estimate, N (95% CI)Percentage of Total National Estimatea
Gender
 Male35 267 (17 686–52 847)54.6
 Female29 320 (15 097–43 543)45.4
Age, y
 0–523 161 (12 172–34 150)35.8
 6–1234 923 (17 358–52 487)54.0
 13–176573 (2947–10 198)10.2
Type of injury
 Soft tissue11 608 (5520–17 695)18.0
 Strain or sprain17 650 (9776–25 525)27.3
 Laceration4135 (1214–7055)6.4
 Fracture17 756 (8649–26 863)27.5
 Concussion/CHI4539 (1759–7318)7.0
 Other8963 (4519–13 407)13.9
Body region injured
 Upper extremity19 119 (9881–28 357)29.7
 Lower extremity21 139 (11 301–30 976)32.9
 Head and neck11 924 (4824–19 025)18.5
 Face5960 (2889–9032)9.3
 Trunk5789 (2990–8588)9.0
 OtherNAb0.6
Mechanism of injury
 In, on, jumping, or playing on bouncer20 676 (11 786–29 565)32.0
 Fell out, jumped off, or injured getting on or off bouncer11 117 (4079–18 155)17.2
 Fell inside or on bouncer16 879 (7735–26 022)26.1
 Collided with another user; pushed, kicked, or fell on top of on bouncer10 471 (5318–15 624)16.2
 Other (including stunts, entrapment, bounce house blew away, or hit pole)5514 (2557–8472)8.5
Disposition from ED
 Treated or examined and released, or left without treatment against medical advice61 529 (31 742–91 316)96.6
 Hospitalized or kept for <24 h for observation2162 (758–3566)3.4
Location of injury
 Home15 829 (3329–28 330)37.5
 Sports/recreation place18 426 (10 834–26 018)43.7
 Other7926 (5024–10 828)18.8
  • a Percentages may not total 100.0% because of rounding error.

  • b Unable to provide national estimate because there were <20 actual cases, making estimates unstable.