Disability risk in pediatric motor vehicle crash occupants

Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are a leading cause of death and disability among children in the United States. Nonfatal crash injuries can vary in severity by imposing differing levels of short- and long-term disability. Using the National Automotive Sampling System, the authors define the most common Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) 2+ injuries among pediatric motor vehicle crash occupants. They then seek to develop a disability risk (DR) metric based on the most common MVC-induced injuries among pediatric patients in order to distinguish between the severity of different nonfatal injuries. They also aim to identify the correlation of the disability metric with anatomic region, AIS severity, and mortality risk. The study's findings support that DR is an important metric in measuring injury severity, particularly among children. The authors suggest that supplementation of DR with AIS and mortality risk can improve the assessment of injury severity, especially for nonfatal injuries.


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  • Accession Number: 01636653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 8:23AM