Gina E Bertocci

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A total of 283 wheelchair-seated bus riders responded to a 35-item Web-based survey investigating their experiences on public, fixed-route buses. The survey addressed the use of wheelchair tiedowns and occupant restraint systems (WTORS), the attitudes and behaviors of wheelchair users toward the use of this equipment, and the transit experience. Results(More)
OBJECTIVE Characterize wheeled mobility device (WhMD) adverse incidents on large accessible transit vehicles (LATVs) based on vehicle motion, WhMD activity during incident, incident scenario and injury. DESIGN Retrospective records review. SUBJECTS/PATIENTS WhMD passengers traveling on LATVs while remaining seated in their. METHODS Adverse incidents(More)
Bruising is very common in children. Examination of bruising can guide the clinician in ordering radiographic imaging studies of children who have suffered trauma. Additionally, bruising in infants and patterns of bruising that do not match the injury scenario offered by caretakers can raise the suspicion of abuse. This article reports preliminary(More)
OBJECTIVE The objectives of our study were to assess biomechanics associated with feet-first free falls in 3-year-old children and to investigate the influence of impact surface type and fall height on key biomechanical measures associated with injury risk. METHODS Repeatable feet-first free fall experiments were conducted in a laboratory mock-up(More)
BACKGROUND Stair falls are common among young children and are also common false histories in cases of child abuse. When a child presents with a femur fracture and a stair-fall history, a judgment of plausibility must be made. A lack of objective injury and biomechanical data makes plausibility determination more difficult. Our objective was to characterize(More)
Comparative risks or benefits to wheelchair-seated pediatric occupants in motor vehicles associated with wheelchair headrest use during rear impact were evaluated using pediatric head and neck injury outcome measures. A Hybrid III 6-year-old anthropomorphic test device (ATD), seated in identical WC19-compliant pediatric manual wheelchairs, was used to(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence of wheeled mobility device (WhMD) ramp-related incidents while boarding/alighting a public transit bus and to determine whether the frequency of incidents is less when the ramp slope meets the proposed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) maximum allowable limit of ≤9.5°. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the work was to develop an estimate of the risk of death resulting from short falls of <1.5 m in vertical height, affecting infants and young children between birth and the fifth birthday. METHODS A review of published materials, including 5 book chapters, 2 medical society statements, 7 major literature reviews, 3 public injury(More)
OBJECTIVE The classic metaphyseal lesion is highly associated with abuse in infants. Classic metaphyseal lesions, also referred to as corner or bucket-handle fractures, are fractures through the metaphyseal region of the long bones near the growth plate. Knowledge of the biomechanics and mechanisms necessary to produce a classic metaphyseal lesion may(More)