An effective surrogate for impact studies.


Nineteen unembalmed (fresh) cadavers were used in 21 experiments to test restraint systems in automobile impact studies. Some were mounted in a rearward firing sled; others were placed in standard cars during collisions. Prior to and after testing, each cadaver was evaluated. After each experiment a postmortem examination was performed. High-speed registering cameras (1,000 to 2,000 frames per second) were used and multiple telemetric recordings were made. The radiographic and pathologic changes were similar to those seen in patients following high-velocity accidents. Results were compared with those of car accident victims admitted dead on arrival to one of our hospitals. This study is a progress report. The results are being used to improve existing restraint systems and to evaluate experimental models.

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@article{Berens1985AnES, title={An effective surrogate for impact studies.}, author={Dennis Berens and Gillian Alker and Herb Brody and Chester A. Glomski}, journal={Annals of emergency medicine}, year={1985}, volume={14 2}, pages={113-8} }