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Esmer SD, Rangel D
Trauma caused by bike falls
Cir Gen 2002; 24 (3)
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Objective: To analyze the trauma caused by bike falls.
Setting: Second level health care hospital.
Design: Prospective, observational, and longitudinal study.
Patients and methods: We studied patients with lesions due to bike falls that were admitted to the emergency room and hospitalized between December 1998 and December 1999, we excluded those cases in which a motorized vehicle had been involved. We analyzed: gender, age, circumstances of the accident, intoxication of the lesioned, location of the lesions, and whether they used preventive measures.
Results: A total of 97 patients were admitted with lesions caused by bike falls (not run over), of which 40 were drunk. There were 78 men and 19 women. The most frequent lesions were fractures of the face bones and long bones, with 12 and 15 respectively. There were 148 wounds, hospital stay was of one day in 74 patients, two days in 17, and more than three days in six. Eighty-five patients were discharged from the hospital due to improvement, four patients died, and eight were voluntarily discharged.
Conclusion: Lesions due to bike falls are relatively frequent (2 per week), mostly caused by lack of skills (56%). Drunkenness plays a very important role, since 41% of the patients drove the bike while intoxicated with alcohol.
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