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Comparing apples with apples? Abusive head trauma, drowning and LSVROs
  1. Kerrianne Watt1,
  2. Richard Charles Franklin1,
  3. Belinda Wallis2,
  4. Bronwyn Ruth Griffin2,
  5. Peter Leggat1,
  6. Roy Kimble2
  1. 1School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Centre for Children's Burns and Trauma Research, Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland and Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard Charles Franklin, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Anton Brienl Centre, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia; Richard.Franklin{at}

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Head trauma in children, particularly as a consequence of abuse, is an important issue, and we support the need for interventions in this area. We would, however, like to clarify some potentially misleading information published in the article by Kaltner et al,1 regarding the incidence of abusive head trauma (AHT) in Queensland in relation to other serious childhood trauma, such as drowning and low-speed vehicle run-overs (LSVROs).

Kaltner et al estimated that the incidence rate (IR) for AHT (as defined by death or admission to hospital for greater than 24 h) among children aged 0–2 years in Queensland during 2005–2008 was 6.7 per 100 000 per annum. Kaltner argued that the IR for AHT was higher than that for drowning and LSVROs. However, the references used …

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