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July 29, 1968

Injuries From Seat Belts

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Jackson Clinic, Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1968;205(5):305-308. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140310063019

The merit of the seat belt as an ejection-preventing device is not being contested. Two patients incurred severe intestinal injuries, and one of them also received associated spinal injuries. This emphasizes the relative safety of lap-type seat belts and should alert the treating physician to a defined injury pattern directly related to the wearing of these belts at the time of collision. The traumatic mechanism involved in mesenteric and intestinal tearing is a result of direct injury from the belt or inertial injury.