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Emerg Med Int. 2014;2014:850236. doi: 10.1155/2014/850236. Epub 2014 Mar 20.

E-bike injuries: experience from an urban emergency department-a retrospective study from Switzerland.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital and University of Bern, Freiburgstraße 16c, 3010 Bern, Switzerland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Between 2005 and 2012, annual sales of E-bikes in Switzerland increased from 1,792 to 52,941. This continuous and rapid transition from human-powered bicycles to an electric bicycle technology may indicate the increasing demand for low-cost transportation technology in combination with a healthy lifestyle.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

In the present study, from April 2012 to September 2013, we retrospectively analysed E-bike accidents treated in the Emergency Department of our hospital by focusing on the following parameters: age, gender, time, period, and cause of the accident, as well as injury and outcome.

RESULTS:

Patients were predominantly male. The mean age of injured E-cyclists was 47.5 years. The main causes of injury were self-accident. Most injuries were to the head/neck. The mean ISS was 8.48. The outcome showed that 9 patients were treated as outpatients, 9 were inpatients, and 5 patients were kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Only six patients underwent surgery (S).

DISCUSSION:

This is the first attempt to evaluate E-bike injuries in Switzerland in an acute hospital setting. Since there is increasing popular preference for E-bikes as means of transportation and injuries to the head or neck are prevalent among E-cyclists, the hazard should not to be underestimated.

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