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FOR RELEASE: September 20, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory

Medical Experts on ATV Injuries to Address
Child Death Review Board this Week Tomorrow

What: Child Death Review Board to hear presentations by medical
experts on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injury deaths
When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Bird Library, Room 489
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Who:

Dr. Roxie Albrecht
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical Director of Trauma and Critical Care
OU MEDICAL CENTER

Dr. Mark Brandenburg
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine –Tulsa

Background:

Thus far in 2006, 18 persons have died in Oklahoma from injuries sustained in ATV incidents. Of that number, six were age 18 or younger. Drs. Albrecht and Brandenburg are experts in the field of trauma and injuries resulting from riding ATVs and will provide the Child Death Review Board with information on their research and experience in treating patients injured or killed in these incidents. The Child Death Review Board reviews all death or near death cases of children under the age of 18 and collects statistical data to develop recommendations that could improve policies, procedures and practices within the child protection agencies of Oklahoma.

ATV injuries and deaths are of public health interest because research published in Oklahoma and nationally indicates that if ATV riders wear helmets and follow ATV manufacturers’ instructions, their risk of a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, or death, is significantly reduced. Legislation to require helmet use for youths under age 18 was introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this year, with overwhelming support from key health, medical and injury prevention organizations. While the bill passed the Senate, House leadership declined to let the bill be heard in a publicly recorded vote on the House floor in time for deadline on the measure.

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