A new study conducted by Gretchen Cutler, lead researcher from the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, finds that the number of emergency room visits from self-harm has risen among children ages 10-18. “Between 2009 and 2012, self-injuries accounted for a rising percentage of children’s emergency room trips – increasing from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent of all visits.” The most common injuries included cutting, piercing, and burning, however, intentional falls, suffocation, poisoning, and firearm injuries were also noted.
Experts are concerned, despite the seemingly small percentage of visits, because “ER visits account only for kids who are injured enough to need quick medical attention.”
Dr. Cutler states “because acts like cutting or burning can be easily hidden, ER records would capture only a small percentage of all kids who harm themselves.” She goes on to say, “kids who self-harm are at a higher-than-average risk of eventually attempting suicide.”
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