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Water Park Injuries: A Literature Review

Kuensting, Laura L. MSN(R), RN, CPNP

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April-June 2007 - Volume 29 - Issue 2 - p 151–157
doi: 10.1097/01.TME.0000270338.11756.08

Water parks have become popular in North America in the last 30 years. Emergency departments are experiencing new challenges with injuries sustained from this form of entertainment as parks compete with new attractions containing high-velocity excitement. This review reveals some patterns of injury becoming common, particularly in premenarchal and parous women. These include what was known as the “water ski douche injury,” and a new “straddle injury.” Prevention includes keeping legs adducted, use of a wet suit, and avoidance of tampon use. Safety features on water slides and pool operations are discussed. Further recommendations for safety are mentioned.

St. John's Mercy Medical Center, Saint Louis, Mo.

Corresponding author: Laura L. Kuensting, MSN(R), RN, CPNP, St. John Mercy Medical Center, 621 S New Ballas Rd, Suite 6006B, St. Louis, MO 63141 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.