Electric scooter-related trauma, alcohol and other drugs

Biswadev Mitra, Eleanor Heald, Muhuntha Sri-Ganeshan, Eanna MacSuibhne, Elton Edwards, Peter A. Cameron

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Abstract

Objective: To report the frequency of electric scooter-related trauma and association with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted, including presentations from 1 January 2017 to 31 May 2022 to a metropolitan health service. Results: There were 272 cases included, with increasing frequency, of which 65 (24%) had AOD exposure. Most AOD-related trauma occurred at night, among males, without helmet use, had higher injury severity, requirement for surgical intervention and longer hospital length of stay. Conclusions: Urgent preventive measures with a focus on reducing AOD exposure and promoting of helmet use is indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • emergency department
  • illicit drugs
  • scooter
  • wounds and injuries

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