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Standing electric scooter injuries: Impact on a community

Bloom, Matthew B. and Noorzad, Ali and Lin, Carol and Little, Milton and Lee, Ernest Y. and Margulies, Daniel R. and Torbati, Sam S. (2020) Standing electric scooter injuries: Impact on a community. American Journal of Surgery . ISSN 0002-9610. (In Press)

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Background: This study investigates the impact of standing electric scooter-related injuries within an entire integrated hospital system. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of patients involved in standing electric scooter incidents presenting throughout an urban hospital network over a 10 month period. Rates of Google searches of scooter-related terms performed locally were used as a surrogate for ride frequency. Injury, mechanism, and cost data were analyzed. Results: Data on 248 patients were reviewed. Twenty-three (9%) were under 18 years old. Loss of balance was the most common cause of injury accounting for nearly half, while tripping over a scooter 14 (6%) affected the elderly disproportionately. Eight (3%) riders wore helmets. All TBI and closed head injuries occurred in unhelmeted patients. Most incidents occurred in the street, only one in a bicycle lane. Facilities costs were greater for patients under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Conclusion: Policies related to the use of mandated safety equipment, dedicated bicycle lanes, and the proper storage of empty vehicles should be further investigated.

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Bloom, Matthew B.0000-0001-8102-4394
Noorzad, Ali0000-0001-5501-3114
Lin, Carol0000-0003-3633-323X
Little, Milton0000-0002-4317-6378
Lee, Ernest Y.0000-0001-5144-2552
Torbati, Sam S.0000-0001-8424-8764
Additional Information:© 2020 Elsevier Inc. Received 4 April 2020, Revised 20 July 2020, Accepted 20 July 2020, Available online 25 July 2020.
Subject Keywords:Electric scooters; Injury prevention; Helmet use; Bicycle lanes; Pedestrian
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Official Citation:Matthew B. Bloom, Ali Noorzad, Carol Lin, Milton Little, Ernest Y. Lee, Daniel R. Margulies, Sam S. Torbati, Standing electric scooter injuries: Impact on a community, The American Journal of Surgery, 2020, ISSN 0002-9610, (
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:17 Aug 2020 16:17
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