To ascertain whether the weather affects the attendance rate of children with injuries at a paediatric accident and emergency department.
The maximum daily temperature and weather conditions (rain/cloud/sun) were noted over a three month period in spring/summer 2002, together with the number of children attending with new injuries or trauma.
There was a direct association between trauma attendance and clement weather with higher attendances on dry and sunny days.
There was a less obvious association between maximum daily temperature and attendance.
These findings confirm the anecdotal belief that warm sunny weather results in a higher attendance of paediatric injuries.
Emergency medicine journal : EMJ
Accident and Emergency Department, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Cornhill Road, Aberdeen AB25 2ZG, UK. diana.macgregor [at] grampion.scot.uk
Emerg Med J. 2003 Mar;20(2):204-5
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