Joy-riding'is the term used, somewhat inappropriately, for the offence of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.
In certain areas, mainly deprived inner-city estates, there has been an increase in this crime.
The aim of this study was to investigate its impact on the workload of an inner-city teaching hospital's busy accident and orthopaedic departments.
In this prospective study, all patients admitted to hospital as a result of road-traffic accidents (RTAs) were identified during a 9 month period.
A total of 1576 patients were admitted to the trauma unit.
One hundred and fifty-two admissions were as a result of RTA and 20 (13 per cent) of these patients had injuries as a result of car crime.
Of this group, eight were severely injured (ISS>16) and six of these were innocent bystanders.
Three patients (one joy-rider and two innocent bystanders) died as a result of car crime.
The average length of hospital stay was 12 days (1-62 days) and the hospital in-patient costs were estimated to be at least R5200 per patient.
Injuries related to car crime results in a significant amount of work and financial cost to the National Health Service.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Homme, Accident circulation, Automobile, Epidémiologie, Santé publique, Royaume Uni, Europe, Vol criminel, Délinquance
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Human, Traffic accident, Motor car, Epidemiology, United Kingdom, Europe, Criminal theft, Delinquency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0176397
Code Inist : 002B16M. Création : 199608.