Road Traffic Injuries and Road Safety Measures-Can We Do Any Better?
Author(s): Mariana Antunes Morgado, Filipa Jalles, Sara Lobo, Francisco Abecasis and Miroslava GonçalvesMariana Antunes Morgado, Filipa Jalles, Sara Lobo, Francisco Abecasis and Miroslava Gonçalves
Purpose: Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death under 30 years, causing over a million deaths every year. Helmets, seat-belts and child-restraints have an important role in death and injury prevention. Our purpose was to analyze how safety measures relate to pediatric polytrauma severity in road traffic injury. Methods: A retrospective observational study was conducted, including polytraumatized pediatric patients, hospitalized after road traffic accidents, from January 2011 to December 2015. Comparison groups were classified according to protective equipment use. Logistic regression and generalized liner models describe the probability of safety equipment use, head trauma, higher injury severity score and permanent sequelae. Results: Of a total of 149 inpatients, 63.8% were male with a median age of 11 years. Absence of personal protective e.. Read More»