Injuries sustained while riding Segway transporters are significant and on the rise, according to a study of emergency department visits published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
“The Segway may seem cool, but there’s nothing cool about a head injury,” said Mary Pat McKay, MD, MPH, FACEP, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “One-quarter of the patients who came to our emergency department with Segway injuries were admitted to the hospital. Forty percent of the admitted patients were admitted to the ICU because they had traumatic brain injuries.”
Wow, sobering data.
I have enjoyed riding Segways, and if I had any use, any at all, I’d have one. And a helmet, which I’d wear.
Segways are pricey, good helmets aren’t cheap, but the ER visit is going to bill out for about 15-30 really nice helmets, so get one, and wear it.