The Burden of Motorcycle-Related Neuro-Trauma in Ireland and Associated Helmet Usage

This article reports on a study of the burden of motorcycle-related neurotrauma in Ireland and associated helmet usage. The authors note that motorcycles represent fewer than 2% of the licensed vehicles but motorcyclists account for 12% of road deaths in Ireland. The British Road Safety Authority has introduced the SHARP program, which helps riders to choose the best-fitting and safest helmets. The authors evaluated the pattern of head injuries sustained by motorcyclists referred to the two neurosurgical centers in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital and Cork University Hospital, over a two-year period (n = 64). They evaluated the data to ascertain if the new SHARP guidelines could be of benefit in reducing the burden of motorcycle related neurotrauma and disability. Despite Ireland having mandatory helmet laws almost a quarter of the motorcyclists with traumatic brain injury were unhelmeted (33% were wearing helmets; 24% were not wearing helmets; 43% were not documented). Of the 64 patients, 16% were confirmed to have consumed alcohol just prior to injury; 26% needed admission to intensive care; and 17% died from their traumatic brain injury (TBI). The authors conclude that a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity would be realized if all motorcyclists in Ireland were to wear helmets that satisfied the SHARP criteria.

  • Authors:
    • Murphy, R K J
    • Mcevoy, L
    • Kelleher, M O
    • Bolger, C
    • Phillips, J
  • Publication Date: 2009-4


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 162-164
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  • Accession Number: 01148158
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2009 9:48AM