Running out of gas but not trauma patients

The effect of the price of gas on trauma admissions

Claudia E. Goettler, Lisa L Schlitzkus, Brett H. Waibel, Melinda Edwards, Bruce Wilhelmsen, Michael F. Rotondo

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As fuel costs steadily rise and motor vehicle collisions continue to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, we examined the relationship between the price of gasoline and the rate of trauma admissions related to gasoline consumption (GRT). The National Trauma Registry of the American College of Surgeons data of a rural Level I trauma center were queried over 27 consecutive months to identify the rate of trauma admissions/month related to gas utilization compared with the number of nongasoline related trauma admissions, based on season and day of the week. The average price/gallon of regular gas in our region was obtained from the NorthCarolinaGasPrices. com database. A log linear model with a Poisson distribution was created. No significant association exists between the average price/gallon of gasoline and the GRT rate across the months, seasons, and weekday and weekend periods. As the price of gas continues to rise, the rate of rural GRT does not decrease. Over a longer period of time and with skyrocketing prices, this relationship may not hold true. These findings may also be explained by the rural area where limited alternative transportation opportunities exist and a trauma patient population participating in high risk behavior regardless of cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Volume76
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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Gasoline
Gases
Wounds and Injuries
Poisson Distribution
Costs and Cost Analysis
Trauma Centers
Motor Vehicles
Risk-Taking
Registries
Linear Models
Databases
Morbidity
Mortality
Population

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Goettler, C. E., Schlitzkus, L. L., Waibel, B. H., Edwards, M., Wilhelmsen, B., & Rotondo, M. F. (2010). Running out of gas but not trauma patients: The effect of the price of gas on trauma admissions. American Surgeon, 76(1), 60-64.

Running out of gas but not trauma patients : The effect of the price of gas on trauma admissions. / Goettler, Claudia E.; Schlitzkus, Lisa L; Waibel, Brett H.; Edwards, Melinda; Wilhelmsen, Bruce; Rotondo, Michael F.

In: American Surgeon, Vol. 76, No. 1, 01.01.2010, p. 60-64.

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Goettler, CE, Schlitzkus, LL, Waibel, BH, Edwards, M, Wilhelmsen, B & Rotondo, MF 2010, 'Running out of gas but not trauma patients: The effect of the price of gas on trauma admissions', American Surgeon, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 60-64.
Goettler CE, Schlitzkus LL, Waibel BH, Edwards M, Wilhelmsen B, Rotondo MF. Running out of gas but not trauma patients: The effect of the price of gas on trauma admissions. American Surgeon. 2010 Jan 1;76(1):60-64.
Goettler, Claudia E. ; Schlitzkus, Lisa L ; Waibel, Brett H. ; Edwards, Melinda ; Wilhelmsen, Bruce ; Rotondo, Michael F. / Running out of gas but not trauma patients : The effect of the price of gas on trauma admissions. In: American Surgeon. 2010 ; Vol. 76, No. 1. pp. 60-64.
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