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N Z Med J. 2005 Jan 28;118(1208):U1249.

Accident and fatality characteristics in a population of mountain climbers in New Zealand.

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Medlicott Academic Unit, Hillmorton Hospital, Christchurch. erik.monasterio@cdhb.govt.nz

Abstract

AIM:

To examine demographic, morbidity, and mortality findings in a population of mountain climbers in New Zealand.

METHODS:

A baseline survey and a 4-year follow-up took place among a population of mountain climbers. The purpose of this survey was to determine the frequency and characteristics of mountain-climbing accidents and to estimate the climbing-related death rate.

RESULTS:

Forty-nine climbers enrolled in the study. Baseline findings revealed that 44 (90%) climbers had been involved in the sport for more than 5 years and 23 (47%) climbers had been involved in a total of 33 accidents. At 4-year follow-up, results were available on 46 (94%) climbers. There were nine further accidents and four deaths from climbing misadventure.

CONCLUSION:

Mountain climbing is associated with a high risk of serious injury and mortality.

PMID:
15682204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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