LOWER EXTREMITY INJURIES IN DRIVERS OF AIRBAG-EQUIPPED AUTOMOBILES: CLINICAL AND CRASH RECONSTRUCTION CORRELATIONS

To determine the relationship between airbags and lower extremity injuries, 10 drivers admitted to a level-I trauma center with substantial lower extremity trauma incurred in crashes involving airbag-equipped vehicles were studied in depth with regard to their injuries, the circumstances of the crashes, and the medical charges for the acute management of those injuries. The analysis performed for each case included a detailed crash reconstruction, including force, contact point, and vehicle intrusion data. Particular attention was paid to the dashboard and toe pan areas to determine deformation and intrusion and their association with thigh, leg, and foot injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries included 11 foot/ankle fractures, 6 tibial fractures, 2 patellar fractures, 6 femoral fractures, and two acetabular/pelvic fractures.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • Burgess, A R
    • Dischinger, P C
    • O'Quinn, T D
    • Schmidhauser, C B
  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00713906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 13 1995 12:00AM