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June 1982

Accidental Injury in a Spa

Author Affiliations

Laguna Niguel, Calif

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(6):557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970420081022

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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