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Accidental Injury in a Spa

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(6):557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970420081022.
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To my knowledge, accidents related to the use of spas have not been previously reported in the American medical literature. Based on information collected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a local southern California newspaper (The Register, Aug 12, 1981, p 24) reported two drownings and four near-drownings. These accidents were related to long hair being pulled into pump outlets.

Williamson1 reported from Australia the injuries of two female patients, aged 13 and 45 years, in which a hematoma appeared on the back of each victim caused by suction at the pump outlets. Williamson mentioned a newspaper report of the drowning of a young female whose hair was pulled into the pump outlet.

Report of a Case.—An 8-year-old girl was examined for swelling and discoloration of the left gluteal region. She had been playing in a neighbor's spa when suction pulled her left gluteal region into the pump


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