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Craniofacial and dental injuries associated with stand-up electric scooters

 Minsik Kim  ;  Soyeon Lee  ;  Dong Ryul Ko  ;  Dae-Hoon Kim  ;  Jong-Ki Huh  ;  Jae-Young Kim 
 DENTAL TRAUMATOLOGY, Vol.37(2) : 229-233, 2021-04 
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Fractures, Bone* ; Head Protective Devices ; Humans ; Lacerations* ; Protective Devices ; Retrospective Studies
craniocerebral trauma ; dento-alveolar trauma ; facial injuries
Background/aim: With the recent increased share of stand-up electric scooters (e-scooters), it is common to see people riding e-scooters on the roads in Korea. The aim of this study was to investigate traumatic injuries to the craniofacial region related to e-scooter accidents and to determine the role of dentists (especially oral and maxillofacial surgeons) in the evaluation of patients with trauma at the emergency department due to an e-scooter accident.

Materials and methods: This retrospective study investigated the medical records of patients who visited the Gangnam Severance Hospital Emergency Care Center for trauma related to e-scooter use from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. Medical records were reviewed to determine the injuries sustained to the craniofacial region related to e-scooter use, including location of the injury (eg, cranium, craniofacial bone, teeth, soft tissue) and the type of trauma (eg, fracture, laceration, abrasion, contusion, concussion).

Result: A total of 256 patients' medical records were evaluated. Among them, 125 patients (48.8% of all patients) had sustained craniofacial trauma. Laceration (n = 56, 44.8%) was the most common type of craniofacial injury, followed by cerebral concussion (n = 49, 39.2%), dental injury (n = 27, 21.6%), and craniofacial bone fracture (n = 16, 12.8%).

Conclusion: Dentists should always consider the possibility of brain trauma and perform a complete craniofacial and oral examination when assessing patients after e-scooter accidents as outlined by the International Association of Dental Traumatology guidelines. Additionally, it is necessary to educate e-scooter riders about the importance of wearing protective devices, such as helmets, to reduce the risk of injuries to the craniofacial region.
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Emergency Medicine (응급의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
2. College of Dentistry (치과대학) > Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (구강악안면외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
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Ko, Dong Ryul(고동률) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3098-2784
Kim, Dae-Hoon(김대훈)
Kim, Jae Young(김재영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9423-438X
Huh, Jong Ki(허종기) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7381-3972
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