THE MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES OF CAR CRASHES: AN ATUOMOBILE CRASH TRAUMA STUDY. FINAL REPORT. VOLUME III

The objective of this multi-disciplinary study was to characterize the causes and consequences of injuries to vehicle occupants admitted to a trauma center as a result of high-speed crashes. The study includes data on 145 patients admitted to the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) as a result of 128 crashes. Patients with an injury severity score (ISS) of at least 16 were eligible for inclusion. Detailed information was obtained on injury diagnoses, operative procedures and complications; in addition, photographs of injuries were taken by a trauma surgeon. Details of pre-hospital care were obtained from interviews with field providers. The study social worker obtained background information on the patient, the family, and any pre-crash "stressors" which might have played a role in the crash. Financial information on the charges for hospital care and professional fees were also obtained for each case. For patients with head injuries, data were obtained by a speech pathologist. Finally, for fatalities, autopsy reports were obtained from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Specific aims, methods, findings, and conclusions of the study are presented in Volume I of the Final Report. Timeline narratives for each of the study cases are presented in Volumes II, III, and IV, representing years 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems

    22 South Greene Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21201
  • Authors:
    • Siegel, Justin
    • Dischinger, P
  • Publication Date: 1992-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 803 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 158
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-88-C-07007
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM