Doctoral thesis

Australian civilian hospital nurses’ lived experience of an out-of-hospital environment following a disaster

Mass Gathering Health / Mass Gathering Medicine

Various publications and presentations relating to Mass Gathering and Major Event health

Disaster Health

Various publications and presentations relating to disaster health

23 August, 2008

Mountain biking events: presentation characteristics and medical needs

This presentation provides an overview of a research project that aimed to describe injury type and frequency, and the factors influencing these, in Australian mountain bike riders. This research used a cross-sectional retrospective audit of patient records, prospective meteorological information and race data from the world’s largest twenty-four hour mountain bike race over an eight year period. Of the 14777 riders over the eight years, 675 required first aid treatment (4.6%), the majority for minor injuries to extremities. Only 0.25% of riders were referred to hospital, 0.06% by ambulance. The injury incidence was 8.4/1000 bike hours with a race-ending presentation [a patient referred to hospital] incidence of 0.5/1000 bike hours. Patient presentation rates are highest in the first eight hours of a race, and higher average temperatures per year were associated with a greater risk of injury. This mountain bike competition was safe with minor injuries to extremities predominating and low referral rates to hospital, as a result, first aid service organisations provided adequate clinical care at such events.

Ranse J, Taylor N. (2008). Mountain biking events: presentation characteristics and medical needs; paper presented at the 8th Rural Critical Care Conference, Batemans Bay, Australia, 23rd August

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