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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 165-166
Multiple injuries sustained when hit by a truck while playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go


Department of Acute Critical Care Medicine, Shizuoka Hospital, Juntendo University, Shizuoka, Japan

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Date of Submission27-Nov-2018
Date of Acceptance04-Dec-2018
Date of Web Publication30-May-2019
 

How to cite this article:
Muramatsu KI, Ohsaka H, Takahashi N, Yanagawa Y. Multiple injuries sustained when hit by a truck while playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go. J Emerg Trauma Shock 2019;12:165-6

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Muramatsu KI, Ohsaka H, Takahashi N, Yanagawa Y. Multiple injuries sustained when hit by a truck while playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go. J Emerg Trauma Shock [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 8];12:165-6. Available from: http://www.onlinejets.org/text.asp?2019/12/2/165/259194




Dear Editor,

In a recent issue of the journal, Chong et al. published an interesting review of the smartphone game “Pokemon Go,” which combines the use of mobile phone technology with physical exploration in the real world.[1] We encountered a 27-year-old male who sustained multiple injuries after being hit by a truck while playing Pokemon Go. As he was unable to walk due to back and hip pain, he was transferred to our hospital. He had no significant medical or family history. On arrival, he had clear consciousness, his blood pressure was 134/80 mmHg, his heart rate was 72 beats/min, and his oxygen saturation level was 99% under room air. A physiological study revealed a head contusion and left shoulder, left back, and hip tenderness. An electrocardiogram was normal. Chest and pelvic X-ray showed no notable findings, but whole-body computed tomography revealed left clavicular, sternum, and left multiple rib fractures with lung contusions and iliac wing fracture [Figure 1]. He underwent transarterial embolization for the pelvic fracture. All fractures were treated conservatively, and he obtained a survival outcome.
Figure 1: Whole-body computed tomography on arrival. Computed tomography revealed left clavicular, sternum, and left multiple rib fractures with lung contusions and iliac wing fracture

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This was the second case of a traumatized pedestrian reported in English, as most medical reports have used the Internet or Twitter records.[2],[3] A 33-year-old Japanese male also died due to multiple traumatic injuries after being run over and dragged on the road by a driver, who was playing Pokemon Go.[4] The smartphone game, Pokemon Go, may have favorable effects on physical and mental health, but this case and similar previous ones demonstrate the hazards facing pedestrians who may be hit or become involved in road accidents, due either to playing Pokemon Go themselves while crossing the road or to drivers being distracted by the game.[1]

Acknowledgment

This manuscript received financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)-supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015–2019 concerning (the constitution of a total research system for comprehensive disaster and medical management, corresponding to wide-scale disasters).

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship

This manuscript received financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)-supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015–2019 concerning (the constitution of total researching system for comprehensive disaster, medical management, corresponding to wide-scale disaster).

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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Chong Y, Sethi DK, Loh CH, Lateef F. Going forward with Pokemon Go. J Emerg Trauma Shock 2018;11:243-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Ayers JW, Leas EC, Dredze M, Allem JP, Grabowski JG, Hill L, et al. Pokémon GO-A new distraction for drivers and pedestrians. JAMA Intern Med 2016;176:1865-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Barbieri S, Vettore G, Pietrantonio V, Snenghi R, Tredese A, Bergamini M, et al. Pedestrian inattention blindness while playing Pokémon Go as an emerging health-risk behavior: A Case report. J Med Internet Res 2017;19:e86.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Sawano T, Ozaki A, Shimada Y, Leppold C, Tsubokura M, Tsukada M, et al. Pokémon GO and driving. QJM 2017;110:311-2.  Back to cited text no. 4
    

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Correspondence Address:
Youichi Yanagawa
Department of Acute Critical Care Medicine, Shizuoka Hospital, Juntendo University, Shizuoka
Japan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_131_18

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