Shock, horror: Young men, who are either drunk, high or both, are more likely to experience accidents involving electric scooters, according to a new study.
"Since their release in 2017, electric scooters (e-scooters) have gained in popularity as an alternative means of transport. We wanted to investigate the incidence of injury, injury patterns, the prevalence of helmet and drug use, and alcohol use in eScooter trauma, "the summary in the Journal published in the British Medical Journal, Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.
A team of medical researchers from the University of California at San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Dell Seton Medical Center analyzed data from patients entering e-scooter accidents between September 201
They examined things like patient demographics, drug and alcohol use, whether they wore helmets, what type of injuries they suffered, how long they stayed in the ICU, and whether they died.
And what they found was really appalling. Of the 103 injured with bloody electric scooters, 65 percent were men with a mean age of 37.1 years. A whopping 98 percent of them admitted they wore no helmets. Worse, many of them were drunk or tall.
The results indicated that of the 79 percent of alcohol-tested patients, 48 percent had a blood alcohol above 0.08 – a value above that of legal driving restrictions. About 60 percent of participants were examined by urine toxicity, here 52 percent positive for illegal drugs.
Does, does. What were the most common types of injuries that they earned ? Nearly half of them had broken limbs, next came facial fractures and then cerebral hemorrhages. Thank God nobody died.
"Measures to increase helm use and curb drunken eScooter operation are needed to reduce the burden of eScooter-related trauma," the researchers concluded. You do not say that. ®