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Motor bicycle and three wheeler related road traffic accidents - burden to accident and emergency service of a tertiary care hospital: a clinical audit

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W. Y. M. Abeysekera ,

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, LK
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R. T. Gamage,

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, LK
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M. De Almeida

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, LK
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Abstract

In the past few decades statistical data shows an increase in the total number of accidents in Sri Lanka. A retrospective analysis of admission records in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) service and the hospital police records related to road traffic accidents was done for a period of 3 months. In a total of 1210 RTA, 426 were due to motorcycle accidents (MC) and 201 due to three-wheeler (TW) accidents. In MC accidents, there were 55.6% bicycle riders, 20.4% pillion riders and 23.9% third party individuals. Among them 10.6% had open fractures, 15.5% closed fractures and 73.9% other injuries. Thirty five percent of bicycle riders were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Among the victims of TW accidents there were 26.8% TW drivers, 50.7% passengers and 22.4% third party individuals. Fifty seven patients had fractures in which 11.9% of them were open. Thirty three percent of TW drivers were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Nearly half of RTA related admissions are due to MC and TW accidents. In almost one third of the accidents, drivers were under the influence of alcohol during the incident.


The Sri Lanka Journal of Surgery 2015; 33(4): 20-22

How to Cite: Abeysekera, W.Y.M., Gamage, R.T. & De Almeida, M., (2016). Motor bicycle and three wheeler related road traffic accidents - burden to accident and emergency service of a tertiary care hospital: a clinical audit. Sri Lanka Journal of Surgery. 33(4), pp.20–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljs.v33i4.8200
Published on 20 Jan 2016.
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