Traumatic Motor Vehicle Accidents of Malaysia: Implications of Illicit Drugs Use

Mohamad, Nasir and Muhammad , Maslina and Haque , Mainul and Jawad, Zaid Kadhum and Abu Bakar, Nor Hidayah and Ismail , Salwani and Simbak, Nordin (2016) Traumatic Motor Vehicle Accidents of Malaysia: Implications of Illicit Drugs Use. International Medical Journal, Japan, 23 (2). pp. 192-194. ISSN 1341-2051

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Abstract

Objectives: Driving under illicit drugs is one of the public health problems. It may raise the probability of car accidents worldwide. Therefore, this study is conducted to recognize the prevalence of drug users and the factors influence the severity of injury in motor vehicle accidents (MVA). Design: Prospective cohort study. Materials and Method: The urine test was performed to detect the presence of drugs. The Injury Severity Score (ISS) system was applied to measure the severity of injury in patients. Results: The findings revealed that out of 92 patients, 38% of patients were drug users. Cannabis was the most frequently detected drug representing 49%. The multiple logistic analysis revealed that age (P = 0.039) and safety precaution (P < 0.001) were determined as a significant factors associated with the severity of injury among patients. Conclusions: Forbidden drug users were prevalent among drivers in Malaysian population. Age and safety factors might give implication to severity of accident.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Prof.Dr Nasir Mohamad
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 02:42
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 02:42
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4761

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