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Driving plastered: driving habits of orthopaedic outpatients and the medico-legal implications

  • M. T. KennedyEmail author
  • S. Roche
  • B. Lenehan
  • W. Curtin
Original Article

Abstract

Driving in cast impairs driving ability. We surveyed driving behaviour of orthopaedic trauma patients. Fifteen percent admitted that they drove while in cast. In a national context, this would mean that over 500 people drive every year on Irish roads while still wearing a forearm or below knee cast. In reality, this is probably a gross underestimation.

Keywords

Plaster cast Driving Medico-legal implication 

Comportement de conduite automobile des patients plâtrés et implications médico-légales

Résumé

Conduire en étant porteur d’un plâtre diminue les capacités du conducteur. Nous avons surveillé le comportement de patients traités orthopédiquement. 15% ont reconnu avoir conduit malgré le port d’un plâtre. Rapporté aux statistiques nationales, cela signifie que plus de 500 personnes conduisent sur les routes irlandaises malgré le port d’un plâtre d’avant-bras et du poignet ou d’une botte plâtrée. En réalité, ce chiffre constitue certainement une grossière sous-évaluation.

Mots clés

Immobilisation plâtrée Conduite automobile Implication médico-légale 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. T. Kennedy
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • S. Roche
    • 1
  • B. Lenehan
    • 1
  • W. Curtin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryMerlin Park Regional HospitalGalwayIreland
  2. 2. Co. LaoisIreland

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