E-bike injuries: experience from an urban emergency department-a retrospective study from Switzerland.

Papoutsi, Sylvana; Martinolli, Luca; Braun, Christian Tasso; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis (2014). E-bike injuries: experience from an urban emergency department-a retrospective study from Switzerland. Emergency medicine international, 2014(850236), p. 850236. Hindawi Publishing Corporation 10.1155/2014/850236

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Background. Between 2005 and 2012, annual sales of E-bikes in Switzerland increased from 1,792 to 52,941. This continuous and rapid transition from human-powered bicycles to an electric bicycle technology may indicate the increasing demand for low-cost transportation technology in combination with a healthy lifestyle. Material and Methods. In the present study, from April 2012 to September 2013, we retrospectively analysed E-bike accidents treated in the Emergency Department of our hospital by focusing on the following parameters: age, gender, time, period, and cause of the accident, as well as injury and outcome. Results. Patients were predominantly male. The mean age of injured E-cyclists was 47.5 years. The main causes of injury were self-accident. Most injuries were to the head/neck. The mean ISS was 8.48. The outcome showed that 9 patients were treated as outpatients, 9 were inpatients, and 5 patients were kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Only six patients underwent surgery (S). Discussion. This is the first attempt to evaluate E-bike injuries in Switzerland in an acute hospital setting. Since there is increasing popular preference for E-bikes as means of transportation and injuries to the head or neck are prevalent among E-cyclists, the hazard should not to be underestimated.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Exadaktylos, Aristomenis

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2090-2840

Publisher:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Romana Saredi

Date Deposited:

22 Apr 2015 11:14

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 02:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2014/850236

PubMed ID:

24778880

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.67024

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/67024

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