Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Have you been attempting to save time by trying to multitask while walking? You might want to think again. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “distracted-walking” injuries have increased by 400% over the past seven years. Hospital EDs have reported a surge in patients who were injured because they were texting, playing video games, or listening to music while walking. Estimates provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicate that approximately 1,150 patients were treated at hospital EDs in the past year because of injuries people suffered due to "distracted walking." And this is likely underreported, as patients may not disclose that they were using portable devices at the time of their injuries.