With kids stuck at home, ER doctors see more severe cases of child abuse

April 30, 2020

The Washington Post

A similar pattern has emerged in hospitals across the country. Leigh Vinocur, a spokeswoman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, said doctors nationwide have reported treating more serious injuries in a week than they are used to seeing in a month.

In Fairfax County, one girl arrived in the emergency department this month with an arm so badly broken she required surgery. With the children and adults stuck at home, the father had grown frustrated with the noise levels, said Dr. William E. Hauda, medical director of the Inova Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team Department.

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