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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2020, 8(12), 481-482
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-8-12-13
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Occupant Restraint Systems do not Completely Prevent Injury at the Cranio-cervical Junction in a High-energy Accident

Saya Ikegami1, Youichi Yanagawa1, , Koki Komai1, Tuyoshi Ishikawa1, Yasumasa Oode1 and Kazuhiko Omori1

1Department of Acute Critical Care Medicine, Shizuoka hospital, Juntendo University

Pub. Date: September 10, 2020

Cite this paper:
Saya Ikegami, Youichi Yanagawa, Koki Komai, Tuyoshi Ishikawa, Yasumasa Oode and Kazuhiko Omori. Occupant Restraint Systems do not Completely Prevent Injury at the Cranio-cervical Junction in a High-energy Accident. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2020; 8(12):481-482. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-8-12-13


Advances in automobile crashworthiness have reduced both fatalities and severe injuries with different occupant restraint systems (seatbelts and airbags). However, even the appropriate use of these systems does not always completely prevent injury at the cranio-cervical junction in a high-energy accident. This report presents two such cases. Drivers should be educated not to place too much confidence in the safety provided by occupant restraint systems. In addition, physicians should pay attention to cranio-cervical trauma when a patient experiences cardiac arrest after a motor vehicle accident, even the patient is protected by occupant restraint systems.

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