Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
BASTOS, Yara Gerber Lima; ANDRADE, Selma Maffei de and SOARES, Darli Antônio. Characteristics of traffic accidents and victims treated through a pre-hospital service in a city in southern Brazil, 1997/2000. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.3, pp.815-822. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2005000300015.
Traffic accidents and the resulting injury and trauma constitute an important social and public health problem. The objective of this study was to analyze the characteristics of such accidents and the victims treated by the only pre-hospital service - the Integrated Trauma and Emergency Aid Service (SIATE) - in the city of Londrina, Paraná State, southern Brazil, from 1997 to 2000. All victims (14,474) registered in the SIATE database were studied. The majority (> 70.0%) were male and aged 10 to 39 years. Motorcyclists were the most frequent victims (> 40.0%), and accidents occurred most frequently in December, on weekends (especially Saturdays), and at night. These results are consistent with those of other studies showing the need to implement preventive measures targeting young males, especially motorcyclists.
Keywords : Traffic Accidents; Health Services; Emergency Medical Services.