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Latest News from Specialty Group

11/02/09

HEALTH WARNING: SKIING CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH

Specialty Assist Limited has reported that the Skiing season is now in full swing, and in January received more than 600 cases to assist holidaymakers after their receipt of assorted injuries and a few illnesses.

 

Knees unsurprisingly were the worst affected area for injury.

 

36.8% of cases were fractures

18.4% of cases involved knee ligaments

17.2% of cases were sprains

12% of cases were related to head or back injuries

8% of cases were cuts and bruises

 

All medical cases are managed by Specialty’s Assistance Team of full-time medical staff and multi-lingual case managers, who deliver round-the-clock case management and liaison services with the treating physicians to ensure that the injured party is receiving treatment under the provision of their travel insurance policy. Ultimately, when it is safe to do so, Specialty repatriate the injured party home via the most appropriate means of transport, which can include the provision of medical escorts and special air ambulances for the most serious cases.

 

Detailed below are the January hotspots for skiing injuries and the most common injury for that resort

 

 Country                 Resort                  Common Injury  

  • Andorra        Arinsal                 Fractured Wrist           
  • Austria          St. Anton             Sprained Ankle
  • Bulgaria        Borovets              Back Injury
  • Canada        Banff                   Sprained Knee
  • France          Val Thorens        Fractured Wrist
  • Italy               Livigno                Tear - Ligaments Knee
  • Switzerland   Verbier                Fractured Ankle
  • USA              Utah                    Tear  - Ligaments Knee

 

·      36.8% Fractures

o   12.0% Legs & Ankles

o   9.2% Wrists

o   8.0% Collarbones

o   7.6% Ribs, Femurs, Pelvis, Toes, Hands and Fingers

·      18.4% Knee ligaments

·      17.2% Sprains

o   10.0% Knees

o   7.2% Ankles, Shoulders and Thumbs

·      8.0% Cuts and Bruises (Mainly arms and legs)

·      6.4% Back Injuries

·      5.6% Head Injuries

·      7.6% Non Ski Related (Flu, Otits, Urinary Infection, 1 Death.

o   2.0% Appendectomies

63.2% Cases taken were in France

13.6% Austria

5.6% Canada

4.4% Switzerland

4.4% Italy

3.6% USA

3.2% Bulgaria

2.0% Others – Finland, Slovenia and Sweden

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