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Case report: illegal immigration via overloaded vans and the effects on a trauma system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15627124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Arizona-Mexico border consists of 375 square miles of rural desert where temperature extremes, excessive sun exposure, and a lack of food and water are common. The desert poses an especially deadly threat to immigrants who attempt to cross it on foot. In an effort to smuggle humans across this region, smugglers transport people in vans that are loaded beyond the recommended vehicle weight limitations. The unrestrained occupants change the vehicle's center of gravity and increase the propensity for van rollovers. Van rollovers produce multiple casualties that quickly outstrip the resources of rural providers. The purpose of this article is to describe two cases that involved multiple victims injured in van rollovers that occurred on two consecutive days. The rollovers occurred in the rural areas outside of Phoenix, Arizona, and eventually taxed the entire metropolitan Phoenix area trauma system.
Darlene Rodriguez; Elizabeth Plata; Daniel Caruso
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disaster management & response : DMR : an official publication of the Emergency Nurses Association     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1540-2487     ISO Abbreviation:  Disaster Manag Response     Publication Date:    2005 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-31     Completed Date:  2005-02-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101155781     Medline TA:  Disaster Manag Response     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-10     Citation Subset:  N    
Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona 85008, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic*
Desert Climate
Emergency Treatment / methods*
Mexico / ethnology
Motor Vehicles
Organizational Case Studies
Transients and Migrants*
Transportation of Patients
Trauma Centers
Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis,  therapy

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