Event Title

Buggy (ATV) ride — fun to funeral

Location

Auditorium Pond Side

Start Date

26-2-2014 10:30 AM

Abstract

Introduction: Riding on Buggy (ATV) for fun emerged as a public hazard in Kuwait since 2002, become a disaster now. Buggies are motorized vehicles, requires physical strength, skills and a fine judgment for its safe operations otherwise this recreational sport can lead to funeral.

Methods: The data was collected from the ICU trauma registry and the medical records to analyze 71 cases retrospectively from January 2002 to December 2010.

Results: There were 71 cases, 60 males and 11 females, age from 4 to 43 years, and an average 17 years. There were 4-16 years, 37.3%. The majorities were 16.9%, who died within 24 hours of admission; duration of ICU was 1-45 days, average of 6.4 days. Most were fall and turnover of ATVs. The most common cause was head injury about 83% (47% of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), 32% of TBI and fractured,3% of fracture skull bone only; 29% required a craniotomy, and 3 cases of multiple ribs fractures including lung contusion, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion. There were 3 cases of stable spinal injury, two cases of nerve injury,lower Motor Neuronof Facial Nerve and Brachial Plexus injury; two cases of kidney and spleenic injuries, 2 cases of multiple long bones fractures. The highest number of admissions were in February 28.8% followed by January 20% & December 13.5%, while peak of admission were in two phases of the day, between 4pm - 6pm,33.8% and 9pm - 11pm 25.4%. They were not wearing helmet, ignoring safety measures, thus resulted in significant morbidity and mortality. Riding improper buggy size related to age without safety gears under improper supervision and lack of legislation continues to be major cause of these accidents especially among children.

Conclusion: The seriousness of ATV injuries continues with ignorance of legislation, training courses and age specification.

Keywords: ATV, ICU, Kuwait

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Feb 26th, 10:30 AM

Buggy (ATV) ride — fun to funeral

Auditorium Pond Side

Introduction: Riding on Buggy (ATV) for fun emerged as a public hazard in Kuwait since 2002, become a disaster now. Buggies are motorized vehicles, requires physical strength, skills and a fine judgment for its safe operations otherwise this recreational sport can lead to funeral.

Methods: The data was collected from the ICU trauma registry and the medical records to analyze 71 cases retrospectively from January 2002 to December 2010.

Results: There were 71 cases, 60 males and 11 females, age from 4 to 43 years, and an average 17 years. There were 4-16 years, 37.3%. The majorities were 16.9%, who died within 24 hours of admission; duration of ICU was 1-45 days, average of 6.4 days. Most were fall and turnover of ATVs. The most common cause was head injury about 83% (47% of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), 32% of TBI and fractured,3% of fracture skull bone only; 29% required a craniotomy, and 3 cases of multiple ribs fractures including lung contusion, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion. There were 3 cases of stable spinal injury, two cases of nerve injury,lower Motor Neuronof Facial Nerve and Brachial Plexus injury; two cases of kidney and spleenic injuries, 2 cases of multiple long bones fractures. The highest number of admissions were in February 28.8% followed by January 20% & December 13.5%, while peak of admission were in two phases of the day, between 4pm - 6pm,33.8% and 9pm - 11pm 25.4%. They were not wearing helmet, ignoring safety measures, thus resulted in significant morbidity and mortality. Riding improper buggy size related to age without safety gears under improper supervision and lack of legislation continues to be major cause of these accidents especially among children.

Conclusion: The seriousness of ATV injuries continues with ignorance of legislation, training courses and age specification.

Keywords: ATV, ICU, Kuwait