Air bag and oral anticoagulation: a deadly combination in a low-velocity car accident?


    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid

Abstract

Air bags significantly reduce the risk of severe injury or death during a car accident. Nevertheless, air bags are also known to produce injuries.This case report documents a fatal combination: air bag and oral anticoagulation in low-speed car collisions. The deploying air bag injured a 65-year-old front-seat passenger who was taking maintenance anticoagulation because of chronic atrial fibrillation. The blunt trauma resulted in a fatal cerebral hemorrhage.Severe head injuries caused by deploying air bags could be prevented by maintaining adequate distance to the device.Air bags are known to reduce the risk of severe injury or death in car accidents. Nevertheless, several reports can be found that present injuries caused by air bags. This case report documents a fatal combination: air bag and oral anticoagulation in low-speed car collisions.

    loading  Loading Related Articles