Tuesday 25 October 2016

Two cyclists killed and over 500 treated for injuries

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Cycling safety needs scrutiny
Cycling safety needs scrutiny

Cycling is popular again - but how dangerous is it? A look-back review of cycling-related injuries presented to a Dublin emergency department over the course of a year found 534 patients were treated, the majority of them men.

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A significant number had collided with a car. Some 40 patients required admission to hospital following their injury and six spent time in the intensive care unit.

The highest number of presentations was in September when 147 patients came in at the weekend and the busiest day was Monday, the Irish Medical Journal reported.

Two died and 162 suffered broken bones. Other injuries included shoulder dislocations and 83 had a head injury.

Two patients had skull fractures and a diagnosis of concussion was made in 70 of the cyclists.

The study said many are not being reported and therefore are not included in the Road Safety Authority collision statistics.

The authors noted: "It is clear that the true number of cycling injuries on Irish roads is being under-reported and cycling safety requires a scrutinising review. Using hospital data may inform future policy regarding the implementation of higher safety standards on Irish roads for cyclists.

"This would correlate with the findings in this study and suggests that there needs to be an alternative mechanism for reporting cycling injuries in Ireland."

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