Effect of acute ethanolism on the hospital course and outcome of injured automobile drivers

J. F. Huth, R. V. Maier, D. A. Simonowitz, C. M. Herman

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Abstract

Acute ethanolism in automobile drivers is purported to be both protective and detrimental in susceptibility to injury from an accident. The potential influence of acute intoxication (serum ethanol >100 mg/dl) on pattern and severity of injury, hospital course, and long-term outcome, including mortality, was examined in 182 consecutive automobile drivers requiring admission to a regional university trauma center during 1980. Significantly more drivers were intoxicated than not, 61% vs. 39%. Similarly, more than 75% of the intoxicated drivers were young males and more than 80% of the intoxicated drivers were felt to be negligent and at cause for the accident. However, in this series, the patterns and severity of injuries, hospital course, and late outcome were unaffected by the patient’s blood alcohol level. Acute alcohol intoxication apparently neither protected nor hindered the response to injury in these motor vehicle drivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-498
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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