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Traumatic Injuries Associated with Segways and Personal Transporters

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Segways and other personal transporters are emerging as alternative modes of transportation that blur the distinction between pedestrian and vehicular traffic. We reviewed the records of four patients who were traumatically injured while piloting personal transporters. All required hospital admission for major blunt force trauma; three were admitted to the intensive care unit. Two intensive care unit admissions were for neurologic monitoring of severe intracranial hemorrhage. The other critically ill patient had an extensive chest wall injury and respiratory failure resulting in a tracheostomy. The fourth patient suffered an open lower extremity fracture requiring extensive reconstructive orthopedic surgery. Surgeons should be aware of the potential serious nature of associated injuries.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From the Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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