Bicycle helmets and accidental asphyxia in childhood

Roger W Byard, Allan Cala, Donald Ritchey and Noel Woodford
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb04150.x
Published online: 3 January 2011

To the Editor: We would like to report the deaths of three young children in Australia as a result of hanging from bicycle helmets. Our aim is to draw attention to this rare but entirely preventable cause of childhood death.

  • Roger W Byard1
  • Allan Cala2
  • Donald Ritchey3
  • Noel Woodford4

  • 1 Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Hunter New England Health, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 3 Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, TAS.
  • 4 Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Melbourne, VIC.



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