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Volume 2022, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094

Abstract

Due to the social isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, children have been forced to stay at home for extended periods of time. Besides the disease itself growing globally, this pandemic has inflicted many other healthcare problems. This study aims to look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric home injuries. It is a prospective descriptive study conducted over a 5-month period from January 20, 2020 to June 12, 2020 of all children aged 0 to 18 years consulting the pediatric medical emergency department of the children's hospital in Rabat for home injuries. A total of 13616 patients were admitted during the period from January 20, 2020 to June 12, 2020. Among them, 296 children were admitted for home injuries representing 1.5% of the total admissions before the lockdown and 4.3% during the lockdown. The mean age of the patients was 4 years. Most home injuries occurred in the evening from 6 pm onwards. The most frequent home injuries were foreign body ingestions (33.2%), drug intoxications (16.9%), CO intoxications (16.6%), and caustic ingestions (13.6%). The average admission delay after the accident was 14 hours before and during containment. During the confinement, 82% of the children received in the emergency room required hospitalization for specialized care or monitoring, and 18% were treated at home. The social isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in pediatric home injuries requiring admission to our department. Governments and healthcare authorities should proactively implement appropriate intervention programs and better plan resources to prevent these home injuries during the lockdown.

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