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Comment & Response
September 2015

Problems Assessing Indoor Tanning-Related Injuries—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(9):1584. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.3357

In Reply In our study in the February issue of JAMA Internal Medicine,1 we found that an average of 3234 indoor tanning–related injuries were treated annually in hospital emergency departments in the United States from 2003-2012. The majority of injuries were directly related to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from indoor tanning devices: skin burns comprised 79.5% of injuries; and injuries to the eye, primarily burns, 5.8%. Additional injuries (eg, lacerations and broken bones) often related to fainting during or directly following indoor tanning, or being hit by a device’s lid or door, were reported.

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