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Epidemiological profile of hospitalised injuries among electric bicycle riders admitted to a rural hospital in Suzhou: a cross-sectional study
  1. Wei Du1,2,
  2. Jie Yang3,
  3. Brent Powis4,
  4. Xiaoying Zheng1,
  5. Joan Ozanne-Smith5,
  6. Lynne Bilston2,
  7. JingLin He6,
  8. Ting Ma7,
  9. Xiaofei Wang7,
  10. Ming Wu3
  1. 1Institute of Population Research, Peking University, Beijing, China
  2. 2Neuroscience Research Australia, University of New South Wales, Randwick, NSW, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control, Nanjing, China
  4. 4School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  5. 5Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  6. 6The World Health Organization Beijing Office, Beijing, China
  7. 7The Third Municipal Hospital in Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wei Du, Institute of Population Research/WHO Collaborating Center on Reproductive Health and Population Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China; kelvindu{at}gmail.com or weidu{at}pku.edu.cn Dr Ming Wu, Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control, Nanjing, 210009, China; jswuming{at}vip.sina.com

Abstract

Police reports indicate an increasing burden of electric bike (E-bike) casualties in China; however, hospitalised injury data have not been reported. The aim of the present work was to describe hospitalised injury patterns for E-bikers involved in road crashes and explore injury risk disparities among them. For the period October 2010 to April 2011, this cross-sectional study retrospectively collected information for hospitalised E-bikers involved in road crashes from hospital records, in Suzhou China, using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10) injury diagnosis codes. Injury nature and body region were further categorised using ICD-10 codes. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess the risk of specific injury types. We found that hospitalised E-biker injuries (n=323) accounted for 57.2% of road traffic hospitalisations over the 6-month study period. The average age, length of stay and hospitalisation cost were 43.8 years, 10.0 days and ¥8229 (US$1286), respectively. Fractures and head injuries were common. The odds of traumatic brain injuries were significantly elevated for night-time E-bike crashes and incidents other than colliding with motor vehicles. These findings confirm E-bike injuries as an important population health problem and identify elevated injury odds in different E-biker groups. Future injury prevention initiatives should include encouraging helmet use among E-bikers.

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