Pattern of road traffic injuries: one year hospital-based study in Western Nepal

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2006 Jun;13(2):128-30. doi: 10.1080/17457300500310236.


Road traffic injuries and deaths caused by motor vehicles is a growing public health problem all over the world. Inter-country or regional differences in the pattern of injury by road users have significant implications in determining prevention policies. The present study was conducted to evaluate the pattern of injuries in 217 hospitalized trauma patients admitted during 1 year, 2003. The majority of the injuries (54%) involved motorcycles. The highest incidence amongst the male population was in the age group of 16 - 30 years. Head and face injuries and injuries to the lower limbs comprised 58.1% and 50.7% of all injuries respectively. The bones of the lower limbs were most commonly fractured. To conclude, the traffic casualties of motorcyclists and pedestrians are considered a major problem and the preventive measures to reduce these transport-related injuries are discussed in this study.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nepal / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control