By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week -- Current study results on Risk Management have been published. According to news reporting from Heidelberg, Germany , by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Accident rates and fatality rates for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions have been investigated recently, but none of these studies considered the influence of the seating position in the helicopter. The aim of the present descriptive and observational study was to analyze injury severity depending on the seating position during HEMS accidents in Germany ." The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Heidelberg , "Data from the German Federal Agency for Flight Accident Investigation was gathered for a period of 40 years (from 1970 to 2009). The seating position in the aircraft during the accident and the resulting injury severity (i.e., 1 = no; 2 slight; 3 = severe; and 4 = fatal) were recorded. Injury severity was compared using the Fisher's exact test. P values <0.05 were considered statistically significant. A total of n = 99 accidents were investigated (n = 61 accidents did not lead to any injuries in the occupants, n = 7 accidents resulted in minor, and n = 6 in severe injuries, and lethal injuries resulted from n = 15 accidents). The occupant in the 'patient' position was most likely to suffer from deadly injuries (44.9%), followed by the HEMS crew member rear seat (25.0%), compared to lower lethality rates in the other seating positions (9.4-11.2%). Sitting on the HEMS crew member rear seat also was associated with the highest percentage of severe and minor injuries (12.5% each). In HEMS accidents, the patients' position and the HEMS crew member rear seat were found to be at the highest risk for fatal or severe injuries." According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "These results support the urgent requirement of a large international data base for HEMS accidents as a basis for further studies to improve the safety in HEMS missions." For more information on this research see: Injury severity and seating position in accidents with German EMS helicopters. Accident Analysis and Prevention , 2013;59():283-288. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd , The Boulevard, Langford Lane , Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England . ( Elsevier - www.elsevier.com ; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336 ) Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Hinkelbein, University of Heidelberg , Dept. of Anaesthesiol , Heidelberg, Germany . Additional authors for this research include O. Spelten, C. Neuhaus , M. Hinkelbein, E. Ozgur and W.A. Wetsch (see also Risk Management ). Keywords for this news article include: Europe , Germany , Heidelberg, Risk Management, Clinical Trials and Studies Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC
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