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Fietsongevallen bij kinderen in Nederland in 1990/1991 : tijd voor fietshelmen.
C 4154 [electronic version only] /84 / IRRD 877123
Hirasing, R.A. Verloove-Vanhorick, S.P. & Kampen, L.T.B. van
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, Vol. 138 (1994), No. 46 (12 november), p. 2315-2318, 17 ref.

Samenvatting The data on mortality and hospital admissions for children aged 0-14 years were analysed. In 1991, 82 children (1-14 years) died from the consequences of a traffic accident. Most of them died after a bicycle accident. The largest category of hospital admissions (46%) in the age group 0-14 years was the consequence of cycling accidents, out of a total of 2839 traffic accidents in this age group in 1990. Most of the children aged 0-14 years admitted because of bicycle accidents had head and skull injuries. In 69% of the bicycle accidents no motor vehicle was involved. Because of the high frequency of head injuries, wearing a bicycle helmet should be promoted strongly, legal obligation giving the fastest and best results. Several prevention strategies are discussed.
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