GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION IN PREVENTABLE DEATHS FROM MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

In Michigan, drivers in rural motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are twice as likely to die as nonrural drivers: this could be due to variation in the quality of acute trauma care. This study tests the hypothesis that the preventable death rate (PDR) is higher and that anatomic injury severity is lower for rural compared to nonrural MVC fatalities. Autopsy results from MVC victims of three rural counties and one nonrural county were reviewed. The time period was 1986-1991. Using the Abbreviated Injury Scale, 1985 version (AIS-85), Injury Severity Scores (ISSs) and Anatomical Profile G scores were calculated. This study suggests that regional variation in the quality of acute trauma care is not a significant factor in regional variation in MVC mortality.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • Chen, B
    • Maio, R F
    • Green, P E
    • Burney, R E
  • Publication Date: 1995-2

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00730125
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 6 1997 12:00AM