• Head Injuries due to Motorcycle Accidents in Karbala-Iraq Prospective clinical Study
Kerbala Journal of Medicine,
2011, Volume 4, Issue 10, Pages 1170-1179
AbstractBackground: Head injury is one of the most important causes of death in trauma, preventive measures are widespread but not applied in all countries, and motorcycle accidents account the major problem in Karbala for the last few years.
This study is aiming to compare the incidence, severity, outcome and other factors for each of motorcycle accidents from other causes of head injury in Karbala.
Methods: 240 patients sustained head injuries admitted to neurosurgical ward and intensive care unit, from 1st of January till the last of August 2008 in Al- Hussein Teaching Hospital, those patients had been divided into five groups according to the cause of head injury, the following parameters were analyzed, which are age, sex, severity of head injury, other systemic injury, type of treatment, and the outcome of each group.
Results: the study showed that patients with motorcycle accidents have the highest incidence (No. = 168, 70%), most of them were young, male, and carry the highest morbidity and mortality.
Conclusion: motorcycle accidents account for the highest incidence of head injury in Karbala in 2008 which carry high morbidity and mortality.
1. Educate motorcyclist about the preventive measures which should be taken like helmet wearing, limitation of the speed of vehicles.
2.Strict traffic laws should be applied.
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