YRMC shares data over the last year, about 1,3000 trauma cases | Yuma
YUMA – About every year YRMC’s Emergency Department treats and stabilizes almost 1,300 traumas for possible life-threatening injuries. The hospital has been sharing that more than 70% of injuries are due to motor vehicle accidents and 26% of these are due to off road accidents.
YRMC is sharing its tips on how to stay safe during the desert and dune season:
- Drivers and passengers should always wear a helmet. Goggles are recommended.
- Consider wearing a chest protector. This applies to children as well. Ejections and being thrown over the handle bars can lead to internal organ injury.
- Drivers should consider carrying a toolkit with a few basic items like a tire pressure gauge, tape and multifunctional screwdriver and a first-aid kit to help mitigate or treat small injuries.
- Don’t ride alone – always ride with at least one other vehicle to play it safe.
- Only ride within your capabilities and choose the right ATV or vehicle for your skill level.
- If you want to ride with more than one rider in one vehicle, make sure your ATV is designed to hold a passenger.
- Don’t drink or use controlled substances while driving.
- Ensure lights are working and turned on for nights.
- Make sure it is safe to pass when reaching the top of hills or inclines.
- Be cautious of the terrain. Keep an eye out for uneven ground that could cause a roll over or ejection.
- When riding in a side by side, avoid placing hands outside of the vehicle. This can help avoid the chances of fractures or amputations in the event of an accident.
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