Thousands of people rely on New York subways every day in order to travel to and from work, school, and other events. The efficiency of the subway system has made quick travel possible in a number of places. However, like all forms of transportation, subway can be involved in serious accidents – and serious injuries can result when they do.
A 2006 study published in the journal American Surgeon examined reports of traumatic amputations suffered in subway accidents. The researchers examined trauma registry entries from 1989 to 2003. Their search revealed 41 patients who had arrived at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, having suffered the amputation or one or more body parts during a subway accident.
By examining the profiles of each of the patients who were treated for a traumatic amputation following a subway crash, the researchers discovered several facts they found significant. Elevated blood alcohol levels were present in about one-third of the patients surveyed, although researchers did not indicate whether the patients were noticeably impaired. When they were admitted, most patients were conscious and their blood pressure was stable.
The most common traumatic amputation affected the leg below the knee. On average, each patient needed three operations before fully recovering. About one in three patients suffered secondary infections after the injury, and two of the patients involved in the study died from their injuries.
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