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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

What’s the Matter Here?

Published June 13, 2007 10:41 AM by Abigail Scott
Saturday evening, my family and another family saw a medical helicopter take off after collecting a patient. I later found out the helicopter was transporting a victim of a horrible accident on the Pennsylvania turnpike. The accident involved a car with one driver and an SUV with four young people returning from a trip to an amusement park.  

None of the SUV passengers was wearing a seatbelt, and all were thrown from the vehicle. The man in the other car was killed.

Hello? Didn't the people in the SUV see what happened to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in April? Didn't they pay attention in their driver's education classes or health class special sessions on safety?

What more do people need to see to realize the dangers of not buckling up?

--Abigail Scott, senior associate editor of the Southeastern States and Florida editions


Young might be the operative word, but sometimes they do listen. When my oldest son was 14 he "borrowed" my car (had one more payment to pay it off) and skipped school and went for a ride with a friend. They were on a dirt road going to fast and he lost control and went airborne into the ditch. He missed the light pole and the huge boulder and landed in an empty field. The car was totaled. He and the friend both had on their seatbelts (I was and am fanatical about everyone putting them on in my car) and he got a cut on his eyebrow and the friend did not get any injuries. I was not very accommodating with him in the ED when he was getting his stitches but I was so thankful that he did not get hurt any worse than he did and that the passenger was not hurt.  To this day (he is 32 now) he wears his seatbelt and so do his children.

Patricia , Hospital Nursing - RN, Nursing Service Manager, Jackson County Memorial Hosp June 27, 2007 11:23 AM
Altus OK

Denial is a powerful defense.  "It won't happen to me" syndrome influences  many people. That is no excuse but often a reality.

M.C. Richardson, Middle School - School Nurse, Public School June 14, 2007 7:15 PM
Philadelphia PA

I think the answer lies in the description of the occupants of the SUV - young. Some recent research publications have documented significant differences in brain development in teens. Those differences in brain development are associated with greater risk taking behaviors. That explains, perhaps, the teens. The supposedly mature brain development of the govenor of NJ is leaves his decision-making regarding personal safety inexplicable!

Elaine, Nursing - Professor June 13, 2007 11:27 AM
Salisbury MD

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