precinctomega t1_j67rn0n wrote

First, this research is designed to raise awareness among parents of the fact that swallowing Lego bricks is harmless to children, in order to reduce demand of Accident & Emergency teams, thus reducing waiting times and improving outcomes for people with serious emergencies. So it's worthwhile in its own right.

Second, even if it didn't have immediate impact value, almost all progress is made incrementally. All advancements of our knowledge are good, because we can never predict when a new finding will have an unexpected relevance.