Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences

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Epidemology of soft tissue injuries in road traffic accidents

Samuel OC Emedike, Charles A Attah


A two year study of soft tissue injuries from road traffic accidents was undertaken at the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital. Males out-numbered females by a ratio of 2.5 to 1, the commonest types of injuries encountered were lacerations, contusions and abrasions, and the head and neck, the lower and upper extremities respectively are more likely to be involved. Of 9 deaths recorded in the study, 7 of them resulted from motor cycle accidents. The government and law enforcement agents are cvalled to take the issue of Road accidents more seriously, in terms of enforcing rigidly the traffic code. There is use of motorcycles as means of transportation in our system, since mortality and morbidity result more from them.

Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences Vol.16(1) 2006: 25-30
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