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Unpublished cardiac laceration statistics

Jim Ouellet hlmtxprt at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 11 17:51:04 GMT 2009

In a series of 900 motorcycle accidents investigated prospectively on scene immediately after they occurred in 1976-77, 16 riders had cardiac laceration.  All died.  Nine were declared dead on scene, another four were classifed DOA, one died within 24 hours, the remaining one survived longer than 24 hours.  Zero details on treatment.  Cardiac injury occurred in 30% of the 54 fatalities in the series of 900.  



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