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Road accident injuries 'getting more serious'

2 hospitals point to rising number of grievously hurt trauma patients

Published on May 28, 2013 7:43 AM
 
A taxi, a van and two cars were involved in an accident at the junction of Sin Ming Avenue and Upper Thomson Road earlier this month. Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Khoo Tech Puat Hospital say there has been a significant increase in the number of severely injured road accident victims. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Injuries suffered by victims of road traffic accidents are becoming increasingly serious, according to figures from two Singapore hospitals.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) point to an increasing number of grievously injured trauma patients. They cited speeding, drink driving and more heavy vehicles as possible causes.

At TTSH, the number of badly injured road users has gone up by about 40 per cent.

In 2008, 129 road users - drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists - had injury severity scores above 16. Last year, there were 178 such patients.

 
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Background story

RECIPE FOR ACCIDENTS

High-speed crashes tend to result in worse injuries. A higher number of cars, a higher population density, and speeding: It's a recipe for a major accident to happen.

- Tan Tock Seng Hospital trauma surgeon Teo Li Tserng


Trauma worsening

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

  • The number of badly injured road users has gone up by about 40 per cent.
  • In 2008, 129 road users - drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists - had injury severity scores above 16.
  • Last year, there were 178 such patients.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

  • Opened in Yishun in 2010, it has already observed a doubling in the number of severely injured trauma patients.
  • In 2011, it recorded 161 major trauma cases, of which about 40 per cent involved road traffic accidents.
  • This went up to 291 cases last year, which included more than 100 road traffic accident patients.