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Distracted Walking Causes a Spike in ER Visits

Summary: An estimated 10 percent of pedestrian injuries that land in the ER are due to distracted walking.
Air Date: 1/8/16
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Kevin Klauer, DO
Kevin KlauerKevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP is Chief Medical Officer–Emergency Medicine and Chief Risk Officer for TeamHealth as well as the Executive Director of the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization.

He is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Klauer served as editor-in-chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly publication for five years and is the co-author of two risk management books: Emergency Medicine Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal and Risk Management and the Emergency Department: Executive Leadership for Protecting Patients and Hospitals. Dr. Klauer also serves as Speaker of the ACEP Council.
Distracted Walking Causes a Spike in ER Visits
A new report indicates that about 10 percent of pedestrian injuries that end up in the emergency department are due to distracted walking such as texting, or not paying attention while talking on your cell phone.

What are the types of injuries emergency physicians are seeing? How bad is the problem getting?

Listen in as Kevin Klauer, DO shares what kinds of injuries doctors are seeing and why it's important to stay off your phone while walking.