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The evaluation of Pat-Pat related injuries in the Western Black Sea region of Turkey

BACKGROUND: Accidents caused by motorized vehicle in the agricultural sector are frequently observed. In Turkey; accidents arising from motorized vehicles, named Pat-Pat, which are used by farmers in the Western Black Sea region is not unusual. METHODS: One hundred five patients who were brought into the Emergency Department of Duzce University, Medical Faculty Hospital between September 2009 and August 2010 due to Pat-Pat related accidents were evaluated. RESULTS: The cases consisted of 73 (69.5%) males and 32 (30.5%) females, ranging from 2 to 73 years of age. In the 10-39 age group, a total of 63 (60.0%) cases were determined. The months when the greatest rate of cases applied to the hospital consisted of July, August, September and the season is summer. The cases were exposed to trauma in roads in 54 (51.4%), and 51 (48.6%) occurred in agricultural area without roads. Eighty seven (82.9%) cases were injured due to the overturning of vehicle. The patients were brought to the hospital using a private vehicle in 54 (51.4%) of the cases and in 51 (48.6%) cases, 112 ambulance system was used. The cases were determined to apply to the hospital most frequently between 6 pm-12 am. The injuries frequently consisted of head-neck and spine traumas, thorax traumas and upper extremity traumas. In 55 (52.4%) cases, open wound-laceration was determined. Seventy five (71.4%) cases were treated in the Emergency Department, and 28 (26.7%) were hospitalized. Three (2.9%) cases were deceased. CONCLUSIONS: Serious injuries can occur in Pat-Pat related accidents, and careful systematic physical examination should be conducted. In order to prevent these accidents, education of farm operators and engineering studies on the mechanics and safety of these vehicles should be taken and legal regulations should be created

Keywords : Accidents,Traffic,Adolescent,Adult,Aged,Black Sea,Child,Child,Preschool,classification,diagnosis,education,epidemiology,Female,Humans,Incidence,injuries,Male,methods,Middle Aged,Physical Examination,Retrospective Studies,Safety,Spine,statistics & numerical data,surgery,Trauma Centers,Trauma Severity Indices,Turkey,Wounds and Injuries,Young Adult,, Evaluation,Patpat,Related,Injuries, myofascial pain syndrome nhs

Date of Publication : 2011 Jun 23

Authors : Karapolat S;Saritas A;Kandis H;Cikman M;Gezer S;Ozaydin I;Iskender A;Calikoglu C;Baltaci D;Uslu M;Karapolat B;Dumlu T;

Organisation : Department of Thoracic Surgery, Duzce University School of Medicine, Duzce, Turkey. samikarapolat@yahoo.com

Journal of Publication : Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21699689

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