Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Car Surfing: Case Studies of a Growing Dangerous Phenomenon

Buy Article:

$70.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Car surfing is a dangerous new pastime for American youth. Car surfing is an activity that is defined as standing (or lying) on a vehicle while it is being driven. This activity frequently results in severe injuries that often require significant surgical intervention. Despite its destructive nature, however, there are many Internet sites that encourage this behavior and view it as amusing. As a result, car surfing is becoming increasingly popular. We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients injured as a result of car surfing over the last 4 years at our Urban Level II trauma center. Data collected included Injury Severity Score (ISS), Revised Trauma Score (RTS), age, gender, injury pattern, surgical intervention, and length of stay. Eight car surfers were identified. The average age was 17. The average Revised Trauma Score was 6.8 with an average Injury Severity Score of 16.9. Five patients were admitted to the intensive care unit. Four of these five patients needed to be intubated for ventilatory support. Five of the eight patients had significant intracranial injuries. Two patients had epidural hematomas that required evacuation. Two other patients had subdural hematomas that were treated nonoperatively, and one patient had a subarachnoid hemorrhage that was also treated nonoperatively. Four of the eight patients required surgical intervention. There were no deaths in this study. Car surfing leads to severe injuries that can result in significant morbidity. American youth have access to Internet sites that project this activity as an acceptable behavior. Five of our eight patients had a significant intracranial injury. Trauma surgeons need to be more aware of this injury phenomenon.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From Methodist Health and Hospital System, Dallas, Texas

Publication date: March 1, 2008

More about this publication?
  • The Southeastern Surgical Congress owns and publishes The American Surgeon monthly. It is the official journal of the Congress and the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, which all members receive each month. The journal brings up to date clinical advances in surgical knowledge in a popular reference format. In addition to publishing papers presented at the annual meetings of the associated organizations, the journal publishes selected unsolicited manuscripts. If you have a manuscript you'd like to see published in The American Surgeon select "Information for Authors" from the Related Information options below. A Copyright Release Form must accompany all manuscripts submitted.
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more