Hennepin Healthcare reports increase in number of children injured from ATVs

The summer of 2020 was unique for many reasons – and unfortunately one of them was due to an increased number of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents reported in children.

“We’ve seen at least six children under the age of 17 requiring hospital admission for ATV-related accidents since May,” explains Dr. Stephen Smith, an emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare. “These injuries are preventable, and we want to remind parents to put safety first when allowing their kids to ride on or drive these fast-moving vehicles.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under 16 – who are too young to have a driver’s license – should not be allowed to operate or ride off-road vehicles. In Minnesota, ATV operators born after July 1, 1987 and OHM (off-highway motorcycle) riders under the age of 16 are required to complete an approved safety course before riding on public lands.

 “Rollovers, crashes, and falling off ATVs are some of the ways injuries can occur,” said Hennepin Healthcare Trauma Prevention Specialist Julie Philbrook, RN. “That’s why following safety guidelines and wearing helmets and other proper protection is so important.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have been 19 deaths associated with ATVs so far this year.

From 2014-2019, Hennepin Healthcare’s Pediatric Level I Trauma Center admitted 61patients with injuries related to ATVs. That’s an average of 10 pediatric patients per year who are age 17 and under.

“What’s alarming is that the average age of the patients we’ve seen so far this year is 8,” said Philbrook. “We understand that it’s important to have fun, but there’s nothing fun about a serious injury that confines you to the hospital – or even worse, one that costs a life.”

HCMC is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and public teaching hospital located in downtown Minneapolis offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care. 

Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50 years of teamwork

Hennepin Healthcare’s Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center is celebrating its fiftieth year of helping patients return to their homes after severe injury or illness. To mark the occasion, the nationally recognized Center is holding an open house on Sunday, July 14 from 2-5pm at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center, 715 South 8th St. in Minneapolis.

The Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center (Knapp Rehab) is an acute inpatient specialty program of Hennepin Healthcare serving adolescent and adult patients who have been traumatically injured or disabled.

“Our legacy of caring for patients began in an area with only four rooms shared by four patients each,” explains Geoffrey Roe, RN, Nurse Manager of Knapp Rehab. “Of course the center itself, therapies and interventions have changed over time, but the commitment to providing state-of-the-art, compassionate care has remained the same.”

Current and former patients, families and staff are invited to attend the event that will include a short program, refreshments, and time for listening to patients share stories of how they overcame dramatic physical and emotional barriers with the support of Knapp Rehab professionals. Continue reading “Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50 years of teamwork”