Need for Organ Transplants Surges at Big Motorcycle Rallies: Study

November 29, 2022

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It's important to note that the absolute numbers of donors and recipients included in the study are still small, even if the percentage of increase is high, said Dr. Ryan Stanton, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians who reviewed the findings.

"It is not surprising when you have a high concentration of higher risk automobiles, or in this case motorcycles, that you would have an increase," Stanton said.

He noted that the No. 1 cause of death in trauma cases is head injury. If the trauma is a relatively isolated head injury, that makes the person potentially a good organ donor, he noted.

Stanton, who practices with Central Emergency Physicians in Lexington, Ky., said emergency rooms also get busier when the weather is good and when folks are out riding four-wheelers or boating.

"I think the most important thing messaging-wise is that with any type of vehicles like this, the human body is relatively fragile," he said. "So, stay aware, avoid distractions and wear all the appropriate safety equipment."

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