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Importance of Forces and Safety Features in Car Crash Multitrauma

This study has been completed.
Royal Department of Transportation
Ullevaal University Hospital
Health Region East, Norway
Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation
Information provided by:
University of Oslo Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: August 24, 2007
Last verified: August 2007
The pupose of the study is a prospective evaluation of external and internal factors/causes of importance for the trauma and final outcome experienced by persons inside motor vehicles in serious car accidents. We hypothesise that there is an association between the use and function of safety features and the results for the patient and an association between material damage and the severity of injury.

Multiple Trauma

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Defined Population
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Multitraumatized Patient. What is the Importance of Forces Involved and the Use of Safety Equipment for the Amount of Trauma to the Patient Inside the Vehicle.

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Further study details as provided by University of Oslo:

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2006
Detailed Description:

We plan to study approximately 200 road accidents with multitraumatised patients and accidents with modern cars and severe material damage with little or moderate damage to persons inside the vehicle. A researcher will be alerted by the call centre (Norwegian 911-equivalent), move to the place of accident and take a pure observers role (unless ethically unacceptable due to lack of other health personnel). He will document the accident including use and condition of safety features, conditions inside the coupe, weather conditions, etc. Other available information on the vehicles, crashtests etc will be gathered from the manufacturer. All medical information will be gathered from the ambulance service, hospitals, pathology and forensic departments. Information from police and fire department will also be gathered.

Patient, next-of-kin, others invloved will be interviewed as appropriate in follow-up.

Four accident groups: Front-to-front or -object > 60 km/hour, same < 60 km/hour, car rolled over on road, car rolled over out-of-road. Factors: Age of vehicle, damage to coupe, cause of accident, on-scene time, initial evaluation by health personnel, injury severity scoring in hospital.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with multiple trauma from severe motor vehicle accidents in Eastern Norway patients from motor vehicle accidents in Eastern Norway with severe material damage
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00204204

Ulleval University Hospital
Oslo, Norway, N-0407
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oslo
Royal Department of Transportation
Ullevaal University Hospital
Health Region East, Norway
Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation
Principal Investigator: Lars Wik Ullevaal University Hospital
  More Information Identifier: NCT00204204     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 216-05-04273
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: August 24, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Oslo:
multiple trauma
traffic accident
injury severity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Multiple Trauma processed this record on May 25, 2017