In the province of British Columbia in Canada, 562 patient charts on accident victims of seatbelt restraint were reviewed during a 3-year period. Documented use of seatbelts was found in 126 cases. Thirty-six of these patients underwent laparotomy and form the basis of this study. Compared with previously reported figures for blunt abdominal trauma, there was a high incidence of gastrointestinal injuries (67 percent). In addition, associated lumbar spine injuries were found in a large proportion of patients (19 percent, p < 0.0005). The authors found an increased risk of spinal injury in patients wearing a lap belt versus wearing a three-point belt.

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    Institute for Injury Reduction

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  • Authors:
    • Appleby, J P
    • Nagy, A G
  • Publication Date: 1991-12

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 62-63
  • Serial:
    • IIR Review
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Institute for Injury Reduction

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00620764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM