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Events that lead to injuries have traditionally been thought of as "accidents" and this term is still commonly used.

A paradigm shift occurred in the 1940’s when researchers started to think of injury as a disease that occurs in a susceptible host within a permissive environment, similar to the model for infectious diseases.

The three factors at play are linked through the injury triangle:



There are three people on the motorcycle in the picture above. Complete an injury triangle for each of them and include the gender factors in the situation.


2. Hargarten, J.W.R.a.S.W. (2002). Principles of the Disease of Injury. Rosen's Emergency Medicine. J.A. Marx. St. Louis, Missouri, Mosby Inc. 1:821-828.

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