TABLE 2

Characteristics of Blind Cord Entanglement Incidents Among Children Younger Than 6 Years of Age, IDIs 1996–2012

CharacteristicsNo. Cases (%)a
Study total232
Age, y
 <118 (7.8)
 188 (38.1)
 247 (20.3)
 346 (19.9)
 424 (10.4)
 58 (3.5)
 Subtotal231
Location of blinds
 Bedroom148 (64.9)
 Living room60 (26.3)
 Other20 (8.8)
 Subtotal228
Body part involved
 Neck228 (98.7)
 Arm3 (1.3)
 Subtotal231
Diagnosis
 Anoxia178 (77.1)
 Abrasion44 (19.0)
 No injury9 (3.9)
 Subtotal231
Disposition from ED
 Fatality155 (67.1)
 Not treated at a hospital42 (18.2)
 Admitted20 (8.7)
 Treated and released14 (6.1)
 Subtotal231
Caretaker
 Parent(s)204 (89.5)
 Other24 (10.5)
 Subtotal228
Child’s last known status
 Put to sleep and/or asleep95 (43.2)
 Playing74 (33.6)
 Watching television31 (14.1)
 Looking out window18 (8.2)
 Other2 (0.9)
 Subtotal220
Access to blind cord
 Bed48 (21.3)
 Crib or playpen46 (20.4)
 Floor43 (19.1)
 Couch or sofa41 (18.2)
 Other furniture25 (11.1)
 Other object15 (6.7)
 Window sill7 (3.1)
 Subtotal225
Child’s position when found
 Partially suspended96 (54.5)
 Not suspended49 (27.8)
 Suspended with feet above ground31 (17.6)
 Subtotal176
  • a Percentages may not sum to 100.0% because of rounding error.