Impact of incident location on long-term pedestrian mortality and major trauma in inner Sydney

Matthew Oliver, Michael M Dinh, Susan Roncal, Soufiane Boufous, Bernardino Branco and Christopher M Byrne
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11147
Published online: 6 February 2012

To the Editor: Significant mortality and morbidity occur among pedestrians involved in road traffic incidents.1 The National Road Safety Strategy 2001–20102 aimed to achieve a 40% decrease in pedestrian fatalities in Australia through road safety measures, including urban speed limit reductions. To assess the impact of such measures, we examined the long-term mortality trend in pedestrians presenting to an inner Sydney major trauma centre and determined whether incident location was a predictor of major trauma (defined as in-hospital mortality, intensive care unit admission and/or Injury Severity Score > 15).

  • Matthew Oliver1
  • Michael M Dinh2
  • Susan Roncal2
  • Soufiane Boufous3
  • Bernardino Branco4
  • Christopher M Byrne2

  • 1 Emergency Department, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Trauma Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif, USA.


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