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Characteristics and Injury Patterns in Electric-Scooter Related Accidents—A Prospective Two-Center Report from Germany

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Department of Trauma, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany
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Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Frankfurt, 60389 Frankfurt, Germany
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(5), 1569; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9051569
Received: 8 April 2020 / Revised: 8 May 2020 / Accepted: 19 May 2020 / Published: 22 May 2020
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric scooter; e-scooter; dislocation; traffic accident; fracture; traumatic brain injury; transportation electric scooter; e-scooter; dislocation; traffic accident; fracture; traumatic brain injury; transportation
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Störmann, P.; Klug, A.; Nau, C.; Verboket, R.D.; Leiblein, M.; Müller, D.; Schweigkofler, U.; Hoffmann, R.; Marzi, I.; Lustenberger, T. Characteristics and Injury Patterns in Electric-Scooter Related Accidents—A Prospective Two-Center Report from Germany. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 1569.

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