Thoracic aortic injury in motor vehicle crashes: the effect of impact direction, side of body struck, and seat belt use.
Michael Fitzharris, Melanie Franklyn, Richard Frampton, King Yang, Andrew Morris, Brian Fildes
Journal of Trauma | Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) | Published : 2004
BACKGROUND: Using in-depth, real-world motor vehicle crash data from the United States and the United Kingdom, we aimed to assess the incidence and risk factors associated with thoracic aorta injuries. METHODS: De-identified National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (U.S.) and Co-operative Crash Injury Study (U.K.) data formed the basis of this retrospective analysis. Logistic regression was used to assess the level of risk of thoracic aorta injury associated with impact direction, seat belt use and, given the asymmetry of the thoracic cavity, whether being struck toward the left side of the body was associated with increased risk in side-impact crashes. RESULTS: A tota..View full abstract