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Do motor cycle helmets make a difference in safety?
6/15/2015 9:24:10 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Since the 1966 National Highway Safety Act was rescinded in 1976, motor cycle-related deaths have risen 25-46%.
Ever wonder what the price might be of wind whispering through your hair going 70 mph or more on a Harley or other murder-cycles? They're also known as donor-cycles in medical circles. And no, I'm not against them. Well, maybe a little at 3 am when the motor roar awakes me (and I'm taken to task for a faulty muffler). More to the point is the price possibly unsuspecting motorcyclist don't realize they're paying for their helmetless freedom.
Here are the numbers:
*non-helmeted riders NHR)have a greater than five times higher death rate than helmeted riders (HR)in a Michigan study
*NHR are often under the influence of alcohol
NHR use more hospital services such as ICU with more ventilator respiratory support needed
*NHR tend to have less health insurance
*NHR need more rehabilitation

Chapman AJ, Titus R, Ferenchick H et al, Am J Surg(2014) 207:352-356.

So if you're a rider or know one remember the choice seems to be if you crash and burn: - die at the scene without a helmet or survive to endure a long, painful intensive care course. I've always thought it strange that folks would give over their fate to two tires with about as much contact surface with the road as two wallets...

Having said all of this I wish every rider a safe summer of biking.

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More Blogs by David W. Page
•  Do motor cycle helmets make a difference in safety? - Monday, June 15, 2015  
• Your Personal Care Team - PCT - Monday, June 01, 2015
• Is the doctor's exam worth it? - Monday, May 04, 2015
• Who am I? Your advocate for safe surgery - Friday, April 24, 2015
• Why Might Your Operation be Cancelled? - Monday, April 06, 2015
• Beware of Open Breast Biopsies - Monday, March 02, 2015
• Hospital failure events - Monday, February 02, 2015
• End of year thoughts on patient advocacy - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
• SAFE SURGERY - Fifty facts you need to know if you are having an operation - Monday, September 22, 2014
• A new ebook on groin hernias is on its way - Thursday, August 07, 2014
• When Surgeons Blog About Themselves - Monday, May 05, 2014
• The First Fifty Things You Need to Know If You Are Having Surgery - Friday, January 24, 2014
• A New Medical Information Project - Monday, December 30, 2013
• Distracting Trainees in the OR - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
• LessTraining Time, Less Fatigue, No Improvement in Patient Safety - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
• Texting, emails, videos - why your doctor doesn't know who you are? - Monday, January 14, 2013
• Should I Ask For Robotic Surgery? - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
• What's the best hernia repair? - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
• Hospitals in July - beware - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
• I'm back - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Off Shore Medical Schools - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
• Why Jonny Can't Operate - Sunday, February 07, 2010
• A Big Operation is an Opportunity for Smokers - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Can You Find a Doctor? - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
• Boasting time - Friday, June 26, 2009
• July's Coming to Your Hospital - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
• Training doctor work hours - Tuesday, May 26, 2009
• What's a SPEDI recovery from surgery? - Monday, May 11, 2009
• NOTES? - Thursday, May 07, 2009
• Your surgeon's abilities - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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