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February 11, 1998

Personal Watercraft–Related Injuries—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(6):433-434. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-6-jac81007

In Reply.— It is unfortunate that we will no longer be able to monitor injuries associated with PWC because the data collection system that we used in our analysis, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, maintained by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, no longer collects these data (Art McDonald, oral communication, September 9, 1997).

We agree with Dr Barach and Mr Baum that specific training for PWC users would be appropriate and that parental or adult supervision is recommended for minor children who are using PWC. We would emphasize again that personal flotation devices should be worn by all boating vessel operators and passengers, including those on PWCs on all waterways.

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