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Daily number of fractures is associated with road temperature in an urban area

Christopher Jantzen1, Henrik L. Jørgensen2, Morten T. Thomsen1, Troels Riis1, Bo Sommer3, Benn R. Duus1 & Jes B. Lauritzen1 From: 1) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bispebjerg Hospital, 2) Clinical Biochemistry, Bispebjerg Hospital, 3) The Danish Road Directorate, Copenhagen
INTRODUCTION Different factors related to winter are known to influence the fracture incidence, but little is known about the effect of road surface temperature. This study examines the association between road surface temperature and the daily number of fractures in an urban area during two winters. MATERIAL AND METHODS Retrospective data collection was conducted on all patients treated at Bispebjerg Hospital, Denmark, for a humeral, ankle, distal radius or hip fracture during the periods October to April 2009/2010 and 2010/2011. Patients were grouped according to age into the following...
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