Polytrauma requires a sometimes long and expensive hospitalization with a mortality of approximately one in three. In 250 patients, there was significant difference between the mortality rate of 2-wheeled vehicle drivers and the mortality rate of the light vehicle drivers (less than 0.05). The risks of morbidity and mortality amongst alcoholics increased for chronic alcoholics (60%) regardless of sex or age differences. Mortality of occasional drinkers was 13.3%, 51% of the offenders were chronic alcoholics. Chronic alcoholism in polytraumatology appears to be a serious element since 59% of multiple injured patients had blood alcohol concentration greater than 1.2 gm/L, 65% greater than 0.8 gm/L, and 70% greater than 0.50 gm/L. Thus chronic alcoholism is a serious index in traumatology.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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  • Authors:
    • Herve, H
    • Gaillard, M
    • Roujas, F
    • Hugenard, P
  • Publication Date: 1986-12

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  • Accession Number: 00495820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 843
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM