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The value of safety belts: a review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4905861     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The literature is reviewed to ascertain the values and dangers of safety belts. They are said to reduce the risk of major or fatal injury in impacts by nearly 60%. An incidence of abdominal trauma of the order of 0.5% is ascribed to the safety belt, and in addition there is a low incidence of a specific type of spinal fracture. The safety belt has not been shown to make injuries worse, and in causing injuries of its own has prevented more serious ones. The design of the safety belt is discussed; the three-point (lap-and-diagonal) belt is probably the best type for automobiles currently available. Recent research suggests that more sophisticated restraint systems may make survival possible in very severe impacts.
N J Hodson-Walker
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian Medical Association journal     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0008-4409     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Med Assoc J     Publication Date:  1970 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1970-04-02     Completed Date:  1970-04-02     Revised Date:  2010-06-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0414110     Medline TA:  Can Med Assoc J     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Injuries / etiology
Accident Prevention*
Fractures, Bone / etiology
Seat Belts* / adverse effects
Spinal Injuries / etiology

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