Inflatable bouncer-related injuries to children: increasing phenomenon in pediatric emergency department, 2002–2013

Valentina Ferro, Ylenia D’Alfonso, Nicola Vanacore, Rossella Rossi, Andrea Deidda, Emanuele Giglioni, Antonino Reale, Umberto Raucci

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A sharp uptrend in emergency department (ED) visits for injuries associated with inflatable bouncers (IBs) has been observed recently. The aim of this study is to describe the epidemiology and features of injuries resulting from the use of IBs at an Italian pediatric ED. We collected data of 521 children from GIPSE (regional software for management of admission at ED) in the period of 2002–2013. The injuries were slightly more frequent in males than females (52.4 vs 47.6 %). Preschooler children were the most commonly injured (45.7 %). The occurrence of injuries increased by year (eight cases in 2002 and 90 cases in 2013), and a seasonal variability was reported (207 cases in the period of April–June). The most common body region injured was the upper extremity (52.4 %). Children with fractures were 126 times more likely to have injured the upper extremity rather than other body regions compared with patients with no fracture (p <0.05). Humerus and radius/ulna fractures occurred most commonly in preschooler children (p <0.05). Fractures were 43 times more likely to be hospitalized than children with no fracture (p <0.05). Conclusion: Injuries associated with IBs increased over time. Preschooler children were most injured, and this means there is insufficient adherence to existing recommendations concerning an age limit.(Table presented.)

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Oct 31 2015


  • Child
  • Emergency department
  • Inflatable bouncer
  • Playground injuries
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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