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Table 1 Duration, average disability weights and frequencies for each injury and each period of five years (Rhône)

From: The burden of road traffic accidents in a French Departement: the description of the injuries and recent changes

    Number of injuries Period 1997-2001 Number of injuries Period 2002-2006
  Duration* (years) Average disability weight* Males Females Males Females
Fractures           
   Skull short term 0.107 0.431 184 0.6% 65 0.4% 137 0.5% 40 0.3%
   Skull long term life long 0.361 34 0.1% 12 0.1% 30 0.1% 5 0.0%
   Face bones 0.118 0.223 781 2.5% 315 1.9% 532 1.9% 194 1.4%
   Vertebral column 0.14 0.266 465 1.5% 223 1.4% 377 1.4% 190 1.4%
   Rib or sternum 0.115 0.199 915 2.9% 655 4.1% 875 3.1% 552 4.0%
   Pelvis 0.126 0.247 366 1.2% 244 1.5% 293 1.1% 194 1.4%
   Clavicle, scapula or humerus 0.112 0.153 1462 4.7% 497 3.1% 1141 4.1% 359 2.6%
   Radius or ulna 0.112 0.180 1598 5.2% 682 4.2% 1241 4.5% 546 3.9%
   Hand bones 0.07 0.100 1149 3.7% 287 1.8% 874 3.1% 208 1.5%
   Femur short term 0.146 0.372 306 1.0% 79 0.5% 268 1.0% 83 0.6%
   Femur long term life long 0.272 220 0.7% 62 0.4% 196 0.7% 36 0.3%
   Patella, tibia or fibula 0.096 0.271 1117 3.6% 371 2.3% 860 3.1% 307 2.2%
   Ankle 0.099 0.196 468 1.5% 187 1.2% 457 1.6% 160 1.1%
   Foot bones 0.073 0.077 532 1.7% 185 1.1% 472 1.7% 145 1.0%
Injured spinal cord life long 0.725 128 0.4% 78 0.5% 89 0.3% 63 0.5%
Dislocations           
   Shoulder, elbow or hip 0.034 0.074 436 1.4% 98 0.6% 432 1.6% 119 0.9%
   other dislocation 0.019 0.074 4658 15.0% 5659 35.0% 5096 18.3% 5534 39.7%
Sprains 0.038 0.064 2187 7.0% 899 5.6% 2164 7.8% 787 5.6%
Intracranial injuries           
   Short-term 0.067 0.359 244 0.8% 84 0.5% 203 0.7% 63 0.5%
   Long-term life long 0.361 264 0.9% 84 0.5% 258 0.9% 70 0.5%
Internal injuries 0.038 0.208 891 2.9% 287 1.8% 839 3.0% 267 1.9%
Open wound 0.025 0.108 12457 40.1% 5060 31.3% 10803 38.8% 3964 28.4%
Injury to eyes           
   Short-term 0.019 0.108 83 0.3% 39 0.2% 81 0.3% 37 0.3%
   Long-term life long 0.311 5 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2 0.0%
Amputations           
   Thumb, finger life long 0.134 13 0.0% 1 0.0% 12 0.0% 2 0.0%
   arm life long 0.267 6 0.0% 2 0.0% 2 0.0% 1 0.0%
   Toe5 life long 0.102 3 0.0% 0 0.0% 11 0.0% 5 0.0%
   Foot, leg life long 0.300 14 0.0% 3 0.0% 13 0.0% 2 0.0%
Crushing 0.094 0.218 16 0.1% 8 0.0% 32 0.1% 9 0.1%
Burns           
   less than 20% (short term) life long 0.158 3 0.0% 0 0.0% 2 0.0% 1 0.0%
   Greater than 20%6 (long term) life long 0.255 2 0.0% 0 0.0% 13 0.0% 2 0.0%
Injured nerves           
   Long-term life long 0.069 21 0.1% 2 0.0% 12 0.0% 3 0.0%
Poisoning 0.008 0.611 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
   Total    31028 100.0% 16168 100.0% 27815 100.0% 13950 100.0%
  1. * Begg et al. 2002
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