Author | Pamela Horn, MSN


The Dangers of ATVs

May 01, 2009

An all-terrain vehicle-ATV-is described by the American National Standards Institute as one that "travels on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, and with handlebars to be used for steering."1 By this definition, an ATV is designed for interactive riding by a single operator. Drivers are able to shift their weight freely in all directions depending on the situation and terrain. According to ATV safety standards and recommendations, children younger than 6 years are never to be on an ATV of any size-alone or with someone else.

Snake Bite: A Small Puncture Can Create a Large Problem

May 01, 2007

An 8-year-old boy from southern Ohio was outside playing when he saw a snake lying in the driveway. The boy picked up the snake to show his father and then dropped it. He picked it up again and was bitten. He sustained a tiny puncture wound to the palmar aspect of his distal left ring finger and a scratch to the distal long finger.