Navigation Links
Airbags Protect Kidneys in Car Crashes, Study Finds
Date:10/24/2010

SATURDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Airbags greatly reduce the risk of kidney injury in car crashes, according to a new study.

Front-impact airbags were associated with a 45.3 percent reduced risk of kidney injury, while side-impact airbags were associated with a 52.8 percent reduced risk, compared to crash patients from cars that did not have air bags, researchers found.

The findings came from an analysis of 2,864 records in the U.S. Crash Injury Research and Engineering database from 1996 to September 2008. Researchers identified 139 kidney injuries suffered by occupants of vehicles with and without air bags.

The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

"The sharp reduction in the rate of kidney injury was surprising because airbags are primarily designed to protect the head and spine. These findings warrant additional investigation into the role airbags could play in protecting the kidney and other organs during a crash," study author Dr. Thomas G. Smith III, an assistant professor of urology in the department of surgery at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said in news release from the journal's publisher.

In crashes where people suffered kidney injury, 54.7 percent were front-impact and 45.3 percent were side-impact collisions. Looking only at front-impact crashes, the researchers noted that nearly three-quarters involved a driver-side airbag and only 16.6 percent involved a passenger-side airbag. In the side-impact crashes, less than one-third of occupants had a side-impact airbag.

Vehicle crashes are the most common cause of blunt force trauma to the kidneys, accounting for about half to two-thirds of all such injuries, according to the researchers. This is the first study to evaluate the protective effects of airbags on kidneys.

More information

The American Urological Association Foundation has more about kidney trauma.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of the American College of Surgeons, news release, Oct. 21, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds airbags reduce risk of kidney injury in car crashes
2. Right foods aid memory and protect against disease
3. Moms Flu Shot May Protect Baby After Birth
4. OHSU research reveals possible method for boosting the immune system to protect infants against HIV
5. Onconova Therapeutics presents new data demonstrating radioprotection by Ex-RAD at RRS annual meeting
6. Intensive care diaries protect patients from PTSD
7. Overprotective parents may impact heart anxiety in adults with congenital heart conditions
8. Low-Dose Omega-3 Fatty Acids Dont Protect Heart Patients
9. Excess Weight May Protect Women From Type of Glaucoma
10. Consumer and manufacturing groups back bill to protect US drug supply
11. H1N1 Protection in Coming Seasons Flu Vaccines: FDA
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Airbags Protect Kidneys in Car Crashes, Study Finds
(Date:6/26/2016)... Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... abuse, joined as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table ... held in honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The ... centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to ... a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking ... American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical ... effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... to fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... fully customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... OTTAWA, Ontario , June 27, 2016  VMS ... the Company,s Board will take whatever measures required to ... the Company,s stock which is currently listed on the ... S Wexler, Company Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing ... be difficult to understand, not only by the Company, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Global Blood ... biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment ... today announced the closing of its previously announced ... stock, at the public offering price of $18.75 ... offering were offered by GBT. GBT estimates net ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) ... would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily share health ... and coverage decisions, a move that addresses the growing ... The recommendations address restrictions in the sharing of ... label, a prohibition that hinders decision makers from accessing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: