Jet Ski Injuries

Doctors from the Center for Disease Control, writing in the Journal of The American Medical Association, report on the alarming rate of injuries from personal watercraft, also known as jet skis.

The number of injuries has increased four fold in the last five years. Most of the injuries are lacerations, contusions and fractures. The rate of these injuries is also reported as eight and a half times greater than injuries from motorboats.

The doctors call for more training on the use of these dangerous vehicles, and more adult supervision of minors who use them.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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