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SA Orthopaedic Journal

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PRETORIUS, CJ  and  FIRTH, GB. Road traffic accidents and orthopaedic injuries in children. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.3, pp. 65-68. ISSN 1681-150X.

An audit on the epidemiology of road traffic accident-related fractures was performed in a state hospital in Gauteng, South Africa. The aim of the study was to evaluate the demographics and mechanism of injuries sustained in road traffic accidents. The study was a retrospective review of all admissions to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital over a three-year period. Boys were injured twice as commonly as girls, the mean age at injury was 5 years and 86% of the injuries were sustained during pedestrian vehicle accidents. We conclude that road awareness and road safety programmes should be increased in an effort to reduce these preventable injuries.

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