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Severe trauma patients in a mountain area: an observational study.

Claude Jacquot 1, * F. Mongenot 1 Jean-François Payen 2 Julien Brun 1 Pierre Albaladejo 3 Jean-Luc Bosson 4 Marc Freysz 5
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TIMC - Techniques de l'Ingénierie Médicale et de la Complexité - Informatique, Mathématiques et Applications, Grenoble - UMR 5525, Pôle Anesthésie Réanimation
4 TIMC-ThEMAS [?-2015] - Techniques pour l'Evaluation et la Modélisation des Actions de la Santé [?-2015]
TIMC - Techniques de l'Ingénierie Médicale et de la Complexité - Informatique, Mathématiques et Applications, Grenoble - UMR 5525
Abstract : OBJECTIVES: The main objective was to estimate the nature, severity and medical care of severe trauma injuries following mountain activities as compared to severe trauma following traffic accident in a mountain area. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a prospective comparative monocentric observational study at a University Hospital located in the northern Alps area, using the First national study database (French intensive care recorded in severe trauma). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred and thirty-seven patients were included during a 2-year-period from January 2005 to December 2006. Three hundred and thirty-seven patients, including 223 traffic accidents and 114 mountain accidents were included. The survey data was achieved with a standardized method on a period of 30 days after the accident, and recorded in a computerized file for optimal completeness. RESULTS: The study did not show higher severity or mortality rates in patients with mountain accidents. In both groups, we found a peak of mortality for young adults and similar causes of death. However, spinal cord injuries were statistically more frequent in mountain accidents. CONCLUSION: So, it seems important to continuously warn population about dangers of this playground.
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Claude Jacquot, F. Mongenot, Jean-François Payen, Julien Brun, Pierre Albaladejo, et al.. Severe trauma patients in a mountain area: an observational study.. Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation, Elsevier Masson, 2011, 30 (10), pp.730-3. ⟨10.1016/j.annfar.2011.03.023⟩. ⟨inserm-00658906⟩

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