Youth traffic-related injuries: A prospective study

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Abstract

Background: Traffic-related injuries are the most common cause of morbidity and mortality of the youth. Our aim was to study epidemiology, risk factors and outcome of hospitalized youth patients injured in road traffic collisions in order to give recommendations for prevention. Methods: We prospectively studied all youth (15-24years) patients having traffic-related injuries who were admitted to Al Ain or Tawam Hospitals, Al Ain City, or who died after arrival to these hospitals during an 18months period. Demography, location and time of injury, injured body regions, severity, hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) stay and outcome were analyzed. Results: Three hundred thirty-three patients having a mean age (SD) of 20years (2.5) were studied. 87% were males and 72% were UAE nationals. Majority of injured patients were drivers or front-seat passengers (70%), followed by back seat passengers (16%), motorcyclists (5%) and pedestrians (4%). Rollover was the most common crash mechanism (35%), followed by front crash (34%). Twenty seven patients (8%) were ejected during the crash, 14 during roll-over, 7 from quadribikes and three during front crash. 20% of the patients were admitted to the ICU. Median Glasgow Coma Scale was 15 (range 3-15), median Injury Severity Score was 5 (range 1-41), and median total hospital stay was 3days (range 1-73). Nine (3%) patients died. Conclusions: Young UAE-national males are at a higher risk of being injured at traffic. Rollover crash was frequent with high risk of ejection. Promotion of traffic safety and enforcement of safety legislation is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 5 2017

Keywords

  • RTC
  • Traffic injury
  • Traffic safety
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine

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