Ninety-three patients were involved in serious motorcycle accidents (death or Injury Severity Score more than 15) during a 1-year period among a total of 554 victims of serious road traffic accidents studied at 16 district general and teaching hospitals.
There were 91 males and two females.
The average age was 29 years (range 15-81 years).
Of these, 32 per cent died at the scene of the accident or in transit ; 68 per cent arrived alive at the above hospitals.
Of the latter, 30 per cent died in hospital.
The commonest cause of death was multiple injuries.
The Injury Severity Score of patients admitted to hospital was a mean of 32.1. The Glasgow Coma Score was below 9 in 33.8 per cent.
Of those admitted to hospital, the average length of stay was 38.7 days. 67 per cent were admitted to intensive therapy unit of whom 41.3 per cent had to be ventilated for an average of 3.55 days.
There were four preventable deaths among the patients who died after being admitted to hospital.
Many body areas are frequently injured in motorcycle accidents which occur usually in fit males.
Careful assessment along with vigorous and aggressive treatment is particularly important for this group.
Access to a specialized trauma centre would be beneficial.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Motocyclette, Accident circulation, Homme, Epidémiologie, Pays de Galles, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Motor cycle, Traffic accident, Human, Epidemiology, Wales, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0569881
Code Inist : 002B16M. Création : 01/03/1996.