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TitleHead injury in car occupants: report on a pilot study
AuthorsPaix BR, Blumbergs PC, Kloeden CN, McLean AJ, Ryan GA, Scott G, Simpson DA
AbstractThe neuroradiological and neuropathological data fiom 26 killed or severely injured car occupants have been quantitated using a novel system of diagrammatic representation suitable for storage in a computer file. These data have been correlated with the biomechanical investigation of the 22 road crashes in which these persons were injured. In 17 cases it was possible to estimate head impact accelerations; linear accelerations were in the range 1000 to 6600 m/sec2, and angular accelerations in the range 14 000 to 50 000 rads/sec2- A positive correlation between incidence of haemorrhagic brain injury and head impact acceleration appeared to be present when impact sites were in the lateral and occipital parts of the head, but not after fiontal impacts, which in general were clinically less injurious. The injuries were reviewed from the preventive viewpoint: there was little to suggest that better clinical management would have improved the outcome, but there were possibilities for injury mitigation by improved head protection within the passenger compartment.
Report Number1/92
PublisherRoad Accident Research Unit
Publisher CityAdelaide
SponsorWorld Health Organization, Collaborating Centre in the prevention and control of road traffic accidents and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Page Count58
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Paix BR, Blumbergs PC, Kloeden CN, McLean AJ, Ryan GA, Scott G, Simpson DA (1992) Head injury in car occupants: report on a pilot study (1/92), Road Accident Research Unit, Adelaide.

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