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A 21-year history of all-terrain vehicle injuries: has anything changed?
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PMID:  18367134     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: All-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related injuries have increased. The purpose of this study was to determine if the increase in injuries correlates with the expiration of government mandates. METHODS: ATV-injured patients admitted to a level I trauma center were reviewed over the years 1985-1999 and 2000-2005. Several demographic variables and injuries sustained were analyzed. RESULTS: There were a total of 433 injuries, which increased from 164 between 1985 and 1999, to 269 between 2000 and 2005. By comparing the time periods we observed a decrease in closed-head injury (53.6% vs 27.5%; P < .001), spinal cord injury (11.6% vs 5.2%; P < .05), and soft-tissue injury (62.8% vs 45.3%; P < .01), but an increase in long-bone fractures (18.9% vs 33.0%; P < .05). No differences were observed in other injuries. CONCLUSIONS: The number of patients sustaining ATV-related injuries has increased and correlates with the expiration of government mandates. Even though ATVs remain dangerous, injury prevention strategies such as helmet laws may be having a positive impact.
Vishal Bansal; Dale Fortlage; Jeanne Lee; Eric Kuncir; Bruce Potenza; Raul Coimbra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  195     ISSN:  1879-1883     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-02     Completed Date:  2008-08-05     Revised Date:  2009-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  789-92     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Burns and Critical Care, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents / trends*
California / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Off-Road Motor Vehicles / statistics & numerical data*
Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*,  pathology

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