Halifax Health Releases Biketoberfest 2017 Trauma Statistics

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (October 25, 2017) – Halifax Health Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center in Daytona Beach received 12 Biketoberfest-related trauma admissions during the four-day motorcycle rally that annually draws more than 100,000 visitors to the Daytona Beach area.  The trauma center saw the same number of Biketoberfest-related trauma admissions in 2016.  

“We had a very busy Biketoberfest in our trauma center with 34 trauma admissions over a four-day period, 12 of which were motorcycle crashes, resulting in trauma alerts from EMS,” says Laura Wolf, trauma program manager for Halifax Health.  She further explains, “When the emergency department receives a trauma alert from the field, the emergency department physician may request a trauma activation.  This requires the immediate mobilization of a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals specifically trained to provide expert rapid assessment and treatment to the complex needs of critically injured residents and visitors to Volusia County.”   

During the event, Halifax Health saw 13 Biketoberfest-related trauma team activations. 

The median age of patients admitted was 55 years, reflecting the upward trend of aging baby boomers who continue to participate in motorcycle events with this year’s Biketoberfest marking its 25th anniversary.  Approximately 33.3 percent of the riders were reported as wearing helmets, 80 percent of those admitted were male, and 73.3 percent of those admitted lived outside of Volusia County.

The following statistical snapshot provided by Halifax Health – Trauma Center includes additional information on Halifax Health’s trauma admissions during Biketoberfest 2017.: 

Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and employs the only trauma surgeons in the Daytona Beach area with advanced training in critical care medicine.  Halifax Health’s Level II Trauma Center is a designated Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program “Acute Care Facility.”  For more information on Halifax Health’s trauma services, visit halifaxhealth.org.   

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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