Revista Gerencia y Políticas de Salud
versão impressa ISSN 1657-7027
CARDONA-ARBELAEZ, Sergio Andrés; MOLINA-CASTANO, Carlos Federico; ARANGO-ALZATE, Catalina María e PICHOTT-PADILLA, José Tránsito. Characterization of traffic accidents and tariff rating of the medical attention in the emergency services, caldas-antioquia, 2007-2008. Rev. Gerenc. Polit. Salud [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.19, pp. 216-228. ISSN 1657-7027.
The objective of this study was to analyze the characteristics of person, time, place of events and injured people in traffic accidents and the rate of attention in the emergency department of San Vicente de Paul, Hospital in the municipality of Caldas. A total of 139 visits to hospital san Vicente de Paul of Caldas (Antioquia) emergency departments (ED) were analyzed in the period 2007-2008. The variables analyzed are presented as follows: type of road user (vehicle occupant, pedestrian, motorcyclist, and cyclist), sex, age group, and type of injury suffered. Results: The majority of victims were male people (64%) in the 20-to-29-year age group (35.0%). Vulnerable road users totaled 84.9% of all cases (20.9% were motorcyclists, 33.1% pedestrians, and 30.9% vehicle occupant). Victims - aged between 1 and 89 years- who had suffered injuries were mostly pedestrians and vehicle occupants. Head and polytrauma were the most affected body parts. Conclusions: Measures aimed to protect vulnerable road users must be considered a top priority to reduce traffic-related injuries.
Palavras-chave : traffic accident; emergency medical care; extrenal causes; multiple trauma; Traffic accident Investigation; Medical Emergencies; Multiple Trauma.