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The incidence of a delay in the diagnosis of injuries from the 83 survivors of the M1 aircraft accident is described. A total of 32 injuries in 25 patients were not initially diagnosed, nine each in the upper and lower limbs and 14 in the spine. This was equivalent to 9.6 per cent of all the major injuries suffered by the survivors. Five patients required surgery for a late diagnosed injury. The incidence of a delayed diagnosis injury (DDI) was not related to the overall severity of injury. Delay in diagnosis of injuries after such a major accident was attributable to failure of clinical examination, failure to radiograph symptomatic areas and failure of radiographic interpretation.
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Accepted: March 15, 1991and The Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Belfast Study Group∗∗The NLDB Study Group membership is shown in Appendix I.
© 1991 Published by Elsevier Inc.