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Chirurgia 2009 June;22(3):155-8

language: Italian

Motor-vehicles safety facilities: report of a case of traumatic thoraco-abdominal multiple injuries due to seatbelts

D’Angelo A. M., Della Pepa D., Della Pepa G. M., Fusco G., Garofalo D., Passaro A., Stifano G., Fusco B.

1 Unità Operativa Complessa di Chirurgia d’Urgenza Presidio Ospedaliero “San Luca”, ASL SA 3 Vallo della Lucania, Salerno, Italia
2 Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Policlinico A. Gemelli, Roma, Italia
3 Dipartimento di Chirurgia F. Durante Policlinico Umberto I, Roma, Italia


After a brief review of the story of motor-vehicles’ safety facilities and of their actual legislation, the authors report a case of complex multiple thoraco-abdominal seatbelt trauma and discuss the efficacy of such devices. Even if in isolated situations, seatbelts and retention devices in general, can represent a source of damage. Nevertheless, a careful analysis of the medical statistics clearly shows how the abdominal organs are generally protected by these devices and that retention systems represent an essential safety tool.

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