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April 25, 1986

Accidents and All-Terrain Vehicles

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Desert Hospital Palm Springs, Calif

JAMA. 1986;255(16):2160-2161. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370160058014

To the Editor.—  Our hospital is located 5 miles from one of the major all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding spots in southern California, and we are therefore able to expand considerably on the data presented by Cogbill et al1 in the Aug 23/30 issue of JAMA.Since Jan 1, 1984, we have analyzed all patients who entered our emergency area as a result of an accident they had while riding an ATV. As of July 1, 1985, we have a sample of 144 patients, 35 (24%) female and 109 male. Patient ages range from 3 to 76 years, with most (94) between 16 and 30 years.Forty-four (30%) of the patients ultimately were admitted to the hospital, and 13 of these needed an operation. Two patients died, two have sequelae of major head injury (seizures in one and gait disturbance in another), and one patient lost a finger from his dominant