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Contact lenses leading cause of medical device injuries for US kids: Associated Press reports

07-27-2010 13:41 BJT

BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Over 70,000 American kids go to the emergency room due to medical device injuries each year, with contact lenses being the leading culprit, according to Associated Press reports Tuesday.

Over 70,000 American kids go to the emergency room due to medical device injuries each year, with contact lenses being the leading culprit, according to Associated Press reports Tuesday. (Xinhua file photo)
Over 70,000 American kids go to the emergency room due to medical device
injuries each year, with contact lenses being the leading culprit,
according to Associated Press reports Tuesday. (Xinhua file photo)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers analyzed medical records from approximately 100 hospitals across the United States in 2004 and 2005 and uncovered more than 144,000 medical device-related health issues.

One of the most common offenders is contact lenses, which can cause eye abrasions and infections, especially if they are kept in the eyes too long between cleanings.

Another culprit is the hypodermic needle, which can break off in the skin while administering medications, followed by ear tubes, which can cause infection.

Experts say most of these injuries weren't serious. Only six percent of kids who went to the emergency room had to be hospitalized.

According to WebMD, contact lens wearers should always wash their hands with warm water and soap before handling the corrective lenses. The medical website also recommends wearing the lenses only as prescribed by doctors; cleaning and storing them as directed; keeping eyes lubricated when wearing them; removing them before going to bed; and discontinuing use and consulting a doctor if an eye infection develops.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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