BLOOD ALCOHOL TESTING OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH ADMISSIONS AT A REGIONAL TRAUMA UNIT

A 3-year study was undertaken at a regional trauma unit to determine the demographics, injury severity, and alcohol positivity of motor vehicle crash victims. 825 motor vehicle crash victims were available for study; 368 drivers were admitted to the unit within a period of 4 hours. Of 715 patients tested for alcohol, 31% were positive. A total of 333 drivers were tested for blood alcohol; 128 were positive. The mean blood alcohol concentration at admission for the drivers was 145.6 mg/100 ml; the estimated mean BAC at crash was 180.9 mg/100 ml. The mean age of BAC positive drivers was 31.4 years, compared to a mean age in the BAC negative drivers of 35.2 years. Male patients represented 76.6% of the drivers, yet represented 83.6% of the BAC positive drivers. There was a marked seasonal variation in BAC positivity, with 46.1% of drivers positive during the summer months. Alcohol appears to be a significant factor in nonfatal MVCs.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • MCLELLAN, B A
    • Vingilis, Evelyn
    • Liban, C B
    • Stoduto, G
    • McMurtry, R Y
    • Nelson, W R
  • Publication Date: 1990-4

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  • Accession Number: 00603391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM