TABLE 1

Characteristics of Window Blind–Related Injuries Among Children Younger Than 6 Years of Age Treated in US EDs, NEISS 1990–2015

CharacteristicsNational Estimates
N (%a)95% CI
Study total16 82713 732–19 922
Age, y
 <12104 (12.5)1404–2804
 13981 (23.7)2787–5175
 22744 (16.3)1929–3558
 33467 (20.6)2636–4299
 42296 (13.6)1537–3056
 52235 (13.3)1441–3029
 Subtotal16 82713 732–19 922
Body region injured
 Head10 978 (65.3)9107–12 850
 Neck2306 (13.7)1587–3025
 Hand1878 (11.2)1173–2582
 Other1659 (9.9)919–2399
 Subtotal16 82114 121–19 521
Diagnosis
 Laceration9466 (56.3)7791–11 141
 Contusion or abrasion3825 (22.7)2889–4760
 Anoxia784 (4.7)b293–1275
 Other2752 (16.4)1893–3611
 Subtotal16 82714 127–19 527
Disposition from ED
 Treated and released15 717 (93.4)13 159–18 275
 Hospitalized726 (4.3)b378–1075
 Fatality271 (1.6)b0–567
 Left against medical advice112 (0.7)b0–243
 Subtotal16 82714 127–19 527
Blind type
 Horizontal blind5599 (75.7)4617–6581
 Shades1234 (16.7)749–1719
 Vertical blind559 (7.6)b97–1021
 Subtotal73926224–8559
Blind part involved
 Entire window blind unit8526 (53.9)6768–10 284
 Cord2424 (15.3)1506–3343
 Rod and/or wand1495 (9.5)959–2031
 Other3359 (21.3)2370–4349
 Subtotal15 80513 266–18 344
Mechanism of injury
 Struck by8148 (48.8)6738–9557
 Cut by3033 (18.2)2124–3942
 Struck on2229 (13.3)1274–3183
 Entangled1979 (11.9)1230–2728
 Other1314 (7.9)675–1953
 Subtotal16 70314 016–19 390
  • a Percentages may not sum to 100.0% because of rounding error.

  • b Estimate is potentially unstable because of a sample size <20 cases, an estimate of <1200 cases, or a coefficient of variation >33.0%.