Pedestrians: The daily underestimated victims on the road

Hazim Abdulrazzaq, Ahmad Zarour, Ayman El-Menyar, Mushriq Majid, Hassan Al Thani, Mohammad Asim, Rifat - Latifi, Kimball Maull

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Abstract

Traffic-related pedestrian injuries (TRPI) are vulnerable to road users. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the demographic pattern of injury and outcome of TRPI. Patients with TRPI admitted between November 2007 and March 2010 to the only level 1 trauma centre in Qatar were included. A retrospective analysis was based on medical records and Emergency Medical Services run sheets. The spreadsheet included demographic data and pre-hospital transport, service admissions and injuries by system and mortality. Of 4077 patients who were admitted, 420 (10.3%) had TRPI. The mode of transportation included ambulances (91%), private vehicles (6%) and helicopters (3%). The direct dispositions were trauma intensive care units (38%), surgical wards (42%) and operating rooms (17%). Patients were classified according to Injury Severity Score (1-8 in 28%, 9-15 in 25%, 16-24 in 20% and 25-75 in 17% cases). Multisystem injuries were most characteristic. Of 804 injures, injury of extremities was predominant followed by head, thorax and abdomen. The overall mortality was 8%. Pedestrian injuries are a significant cause of serious trauma in Qatar. Motor vehicle/pedestrian interface contributes to this ongoing public health problem. Reducing pedestrian trauma requires recognition of the problem and implementing programmes to mitigate these largely preventable injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-379
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • multisystem injuries
  • pedestrians
  • prevention
  • Qatar
  • road crashes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Safety Research

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Abdulrazzaq, H., Zarour, A., El-Menyar, A., Majid, M., Al Thani, H., Asim, M., ... Maull, K. (2013). Pedestrians: The daily underestimated victims on the road. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 20(4), 374-379. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457300.2012.748811