A preliminary analysis of aortic injuries in lateral impacts.
Melanie Franklyn, Michael Fitzharris, Brian Fildes, King Yang, Richard Frampton, Andrew Morris
Traffic Injury Prevention | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2003
Injuries to the aorta are among the more serious injuries that result from vehicle impacts, and often may be fatal. This article examines the incidence of aortic injuries in the United States and United Kingdom by using two international databases of real-world crashes. The main outcome of interest was the level of risk associated with each principal direction of force for drivers and front-seat passengers with respect to sustaining aortic injuries. The results indicate that the risk of sustaining an injury to the aorta is greater for near-side crashes than for far-side crashes. Further it is apparent that, given a near-side crash, the risk of an aortic injury is greater on the left side of ..View full abstract