by George Vargyas, MD
Traumatic injury among avalanche victims has received increasing attention since 2009 when a Canadian study reported a surprising 25% of victims died of trauma. Previous studies suggested trauma as a cause of death occurred in less than half that number. Whatever the number, trauma is often a factor for both victims and survivors.
A significant proportion of avalanche trauma mortality is attributed to head and cervical injuries. The intuitive response has been to advocate for protective strategies, including helmets. I have recently published a commentary on this topic
in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, titled Backcountry Skiers, Avalanche Trauma Mortality, and Helmet Use.
This post will summarize the commentary, and references are cited in the … [per continuare a leggere, fai clic sul link qui in basso]
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