Characteristics and injury patterns in electric-scooter related accidents - a prospective two-center report from Germany

Since the introduction of rental E-scooters in Germany in mid-June 2019, the safety of this new means of transport has been the subject of extensive public debate. However, valid data on injuries and usage habits are not
Since the introduction of rental E-scooters in Germany in mid-June 2019, the safety of this new means of transport has been the subject of extensive public debate. However, valid data on injuries and usage habits are not yet available. This retrospective two-center study included a total of 76 patients who presented to the emergency department following E-scooter-related accidents. The mean age was 34.3 ± 12.4 years and 69.7% of the patients were male. About half of the patients were admitted by ambulance (42.1%). Fractures were found in 48.6% of patients, and 27.6% required surgical treatment due to a fracture. The upper extremities were the most commonly affected body region, followed by injuries to the lower extremity and to the head and face. Only one patient had worn a helmet. In-hospital treatment was necessary for 26.3% of the cases. Patients presented to the emergency department mainly during the weekend and on-call times. This is the first report on E-scooter-related injuries in Germany. Accidents with E-scooters can cause serious injuries and, therefore, represent a further burden to emergency departments. The use of E-scooters appears to be mostly recreational, and the rate of use of protective gear is low.
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Author:Philipp Störmann, Alexander Klug, Christoph Nau, René Verboket, Max Leiblein, Daniel Müller, Uwe Schweigkofler, Reinhard Hoffmann, Ingo Marzi, Thomas Lustenberger
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-548987
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm9051569
ISSN:2077-0383
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=32455862
Parent Title (English):Journal of Clinical Medicine
Publisher:MDPI
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2020/05/22
Date of first Publication:2020/05/22
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/06/17
Tag:dislocation; e-scooter; electric scooter; fracture; traffic accident; transportation; traumatic brain injury
Volume:9
Issue:5, Art. 1569
Pagenumber:8
First Page:1
Last Page:8
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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
HeBIS PPN:467140715
Institutes:Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0

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